TPMMuckraker looks at the strategizing going on in the corporate world on how to funnel buckets of cash through middlemen like the US Chamber of Commerce:
By Dan Eggen, Washington Post
Americans of both parties overwhelmingly oppose a Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to spend as much as they want on political campaigns, and most favor new limits on such spending, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
From an Op-Ed by Senator John Kerry in Politico:
The Case Against Corporate Speech
By Ralph Nader And Robert Weismann, the Wall Street Journal
Last month, by a vote of 5 to 4, the U.S. Supreme Court gave carte blanche to the world’s largest corporations to spend unlimited sums of money to support or oppose candidates for elected office. Big Business domination of Washington and state capitals will now intensify.
The case of Citizens United portends dire consequences for the nation’s constitutional premise of “we the people,” not we the corporations. Our constitution, at its origins and through all of its amendments, makes no mention of corporate entities, only human beings and their government.
For 120 years, it was not Congress but the Supreme Court that expanded the definition of “persons” to include for-profit corporations for the purposes of applying constitutional protections. For 30 years, the court has granted First Amendment speech protections to corporations as “artificial persons.”
On Monday, both the Alaska House and Senate will introduce legislation affirming that corporations are not people FOR THE PURPOSES OF ELECTIONS. One of the sponsors is Hollis French, a long time legislator and gubernatorial candidate in Alaska’s next election. There are several sponsors on each bill at this point. More
Free Speech for People, Not Corporations!
RALLY to Take Back Democracy!
Lawyer’s Mall, Annapolis (near Church Circle)
Monday, Feb. 22nd, 2010 6 – 7 PM
Here’s Al Franken’s S 2959
And Robert Menendez’ S 2954
No Taxpayer Money for Corporate Campaigns Act of 2010 (Introduced in House)
HR 4550 IH
Shareholder Protection Act of 2010 (Introduced in House)
HR 4537 IH