“We the People? Corporate Spending in American Elections after Citizens United”
Iowa State Sen. Matt McCoy has a good column in the DesMoines Register:
While Congress may be restrained, to put it politely, in its efforts to clean up corruption for its own sake, xenophobia may come to the rescue. The LA Times reports that the Democratic party’s legislation in both houses is “now considering a broad definition of foreign corporations — companies that are more than 20% owned by non-American entities. That could end up banning thousands of corporations from contributing to political activities.”
H. R. 4729
To clarify the situations in which a corporation may be treated as a person under Federal law.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 2, 2010
By Michael J. Wilson, National director of Americans for Democratic Action
Iowa Senate: Iowa Senate passes first-in-the-nation reforms to protect elections from unfettered corporate spending
Sen. Jeff Danielson: 319-231-7192
DES MOINES – The Iowa Senate voted today to make Iowa the first state in the nation to protect citizens from unregulated campaign spending by big corporations and shadowy organizations.
Senate File 2354 * was approved by an overwhelming, bipartisan margin, 49 to 1.
The goals of landmark legislation include: ·
House Bill Raises Another Red Flag
By State Journal
Some members of the Legislature want to do what the U.S. Supreme Court has already declared to be unacceptable.
All too often, the state Legislature has a habit of raising red flags that show West Virginia is prepared to stand apart when it comes to its relationships with corporations.
Take House Bill 4646, for example.
By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) ? Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said Wednesday the high court’s ruling on campaign finance earlier this year and a separate ruling on campaign funds received by a judge “ought to be a concern to every state that still elects judges.”
O’Connor, who is taking part in a nationwide push across state legislatures this year to end the practice of electing judges, contends partisan elections and the fundraising that comes with it damages the ability of judges to be impartial in court.
Citizens United Supreme Court Case
Senate Judiciary Committee
Full Committee Hearing
Senate Judiciary Committee (Chairman Leahy, D-Vt.) will hold a hearing titled “We the People? Corporate Spending in American Elections after Citizens United.”
Contact: Bruce Cohen – Democratic Chief Counsel at 202-224-7703
Wednesday, March 10, 10 a.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.
Jeffrey Rosen, professor, The George Washington University Law School
Doug Kendall, founder and president, Constitutional Accountability Center
Here’s a PDF and the key section: