“WE THE CORPORATIONS?”
Life & Law in the U.S.A. after Citizens United v. FEC
Friday, April 16th, 2010
University of Wisconsin Law School
On January 21st, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. An avalanche of criticism from grassroots organizations, members of Congress, and the President of the United States followed. Hundreds of thousands of Americans signed motions calling for action to overrule the Court — including amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Doris “Granny D” Haddock recently passed away at the age of 100. When she was 89 years old, she started a walk across the country to call for an overhaul of our campaign finance system. Fourteen months and 3,200 miles later, she arrived in Washington, DC. Her action inspired people around the world and placed a spotlight on the corruption of money in politics and the critical need for reform.
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary March 10, 2010 We the People? Corporate Spending in America after Citizens United Written Testimony of Jeffrey D. Clements Free Speech for People (freespeechforpeople.org)
While Congress may be restrained, to put it politely, in its efforts to clean up corruption for its own sake, xenophobia may come to the rescue. The LA Times reports that the Democratic party’s legislation in both houses is “now considering a broad definition of foreign corporations — companies that are more than 20% owned by non-American entities. That could end up banning thousands of corporations from contributing to political activities.” More »
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