The corporatocracy rolls on in a wave of black goo, drowning pelicans and our representative republic. Steps that could limit CEO pay or require disclosure of corporate election funding are killed or stalled.
But good news exists as well and it comes from the states. Today it’s Massachusetts. This is a model of how we will save this republic.
And YOU thought this bill was weak and partial enough to slip through. And YOU thought it was the Republicans who worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. These are the new teams, boys and girls: on one side elected officials, on the other side all the rest of us.
Here’s press release from Kucinich:
Washington D.C. (June 4, 2010) – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has offered an amendment to HR 5175, the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Elections (DISCLOSE) Act, that would prevent companies that receive federal leases to drill in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) from spending unlimited amounts of money to influence campaigns and elections.
That’s the message of this column by Bob Herbert in the New York Times:
Published: May 28, 2010
After Citizens United, Americans are pushing back against the corporate misuse of the people’s free speech rights. But this battle is about more than campaign finance reform.
By David Swanson, FreeSpeechForPeople.org
The US House of Representatives may soon have the opportunity to vote on whether to move forward with a constitutional amendment to ensure that we the people, not we the corporations, control our elections.
Craig Barnes says the corporations are coming, and documents in a fine overview how close their breath is to the backs of our necks. He recounts recent corporate abuses, with government assistance: coal mine owners ensuring the deaths of workers, oil corporations making certain our oceans are poisoned, mega banks apparently defrauding ratings agencies, Goldman Sachs defrauding investors, and this oldie but goodie from earlier this year: