Yesterday, the parent company of Massey Energy agreed to pay $209 million in criminal penalties, civil penalties, and compensation to the families of the 29 miners who were killed when its Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia exploded on April 5, 2010. The company was also fined an additional $10.8 million yesterday by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration — the largest fine in that agency’s history.
Mine Owner to Pay $200 Million in Death of 29 Men
New York Times
By Sabrina Tavernise
December 6, 2011
The Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court crippled American democracy. By equating money to speech our Supreme Court shifted the power of our great political system away from the people it was created to serve. The ability to give political contributions became greater than the ability to stay informed and vote. Our guest today, John Bonifaz, director and co-founder of Free Speech For People, believes that this decision is wrong and has to be undone.
The Madison Capital Times
December 4, 2011
America is at a crossroads. Shall we be governed by people or by corporations?
If you thought we had already answered that question more than two centuries ago, you’re right. The framers of our Constitution were clear that we were to be a government of, for and by the people. They recognized that corporations were not people and that the Constitution did not guarantee corporations rights intended for people.
The Berkshire Eagle
December 3, 2011
Passage of a constitutional amendment involves a trip down a long and pothole-strewn road, but if the outcome would mean the overturning of a cynical U.S. Supreme Court decision enabling corporations to corrupt election campaigns with a flood of cash the trip is worth it. The sooner it begins the better.
The Berkshire Eagle
By Eliza Newlin Carney
Roll Call Staff
Nov. 29, 2011
As Occupy Wall Street activists vacate public parks around the country, several new advocacy groups have sprung up to pursue OWS-inspired constitutional amendments to limit the influence of money and corporate lobbying in politics.
November 27, 2011