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Supreme Court Takes Up Cases on Corporate Rights

The New York Times

Adam Liptak

WASHINGTON — Continuing to explore the limits of corporations’ constitutional rights, the Supreme Court on Tuesday added cases to its docket that will test the scope of companies’ rights to due process and privacy.

The new cases follow the court’s decision in January in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which ruled that corporations and unions have a First Amendment right to spend money in candidate elections.

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Blagojevich and Legal Bribery

By SCOTT TUROW

Published: August 17, 2010

The New York Times

Chicago

"With all respect to Wanda Brandstetter, the Constitutional amendment this nation most urgently requires is one that reverses the notion that unrestricted political spending deserves protection as free speech. Without that, who could fault a juror for looking around at contemporary political life and feeling that Rod Blagojevich had been unfairly singled out?"

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Senate Obstruction Takes Down Bill To Promote Campaign Transparency

A few days ago, Senate Republicans united to defeat the Disclose Act, critical legislation intended to respond to the Supreme Court’s invalidation in Citizens United v. FEC of the ban on the use of corporate general treasury funds to make independent political expenditures. The House passed the Act in June. More »

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The Next Senator from Target Corporation

Here’s a type of story that may become so common it’s no longer a story, or those pushing back and working for structural reform may prevail:

Target Corp. spending company money on candidates
By MARTIGA LOHN (AP) –

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Here’s something Target Corp. isn’t advertising in its Sunday circular: The discount retailer is now a major donor to a group backing the Republican candidate for Minnesota governor.

And that’s not sitting well with every Target shopper.

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Undoing Citizens United: A Comprehensive Plan to Prevent Corporations from Buying Elections

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