Bipartisan Group of Former Attorneys General and Law Professors Calls on Congress to Examine Constitutional Amendment To Reverse Citizens United
The New York Times
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.
See these essays by Free Speech For People Director, John Bonifaz, FSFP General Counsel, Jeffrey Clements and Congresswoman Donna Edwards in the online forum, "Democracy After Citizens United," hosted by the Boston Review.
Restoring the Constitution, by John Bonifaz and Jeffrey Clements
A Call to Bold Action, Representative Donna Edwards
By SCOTT TUROW
Published: August 17, 2010
The New York Times
"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?"
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
By David Swanson
The DISCLOSE Act, a bill passed by the House that would regulate corporate election spending was blocked in the Senate on Thursday by a filibuster — momentum is building to eliminate that anti-democratic tool.
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.