Just Three Corporate Front Groups Spent 13 Times As Much As The Entire Labor Movement To Buy Judicial Elections


Written by Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress

After the Supreme Courtís Citizens United decision opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate money in American elections, the decisionís defenders claimed this wasnít such a big deal because unions could also take advantage of the decision. A new report by three leading voting rights and judicial independence groups gives the lie to this claim. According to the report, just three corporate interest groups ó The Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Business Council of Alabama, and the Illinois Civil Justice League spent more than 13 times as much trying to influence state supreme court elections as the entire labor movement:


The report focuses on the 2009-10 cycle, so it does not include the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court race where incumbent Justice David Prosser narrowly defeated a progressive challenger after corporate front groups rode to his rescue with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of funds.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

What a surprise!! I feel butt %@% and impotent and I don't even have a penis.

David C.
David Connally4 years ago

It doesn't seem to have occurred to Steve R that it's our hard earned money that corporations use to buy judges. And of course we have no choice in the matter. We don't even know who's contributing what.

Why do I have the feeling that Steve R would have been a royalist during the French revolution - tipping his hat to his betters who must have worked harder than he did because they have more money.

Sue Jones
Sue Jones4 years ago

Robert H - you are so right! Steven R has nothing to contribute but worn out, unsupported, Tea Party diatribes to try and stir up controversy. He fails miserably because his opinions are not thought out, no critical thinking involved and he's on a site where many actually do support their opinions and give considered thought before they speak.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons4 years ago

Scary the courts are the last line of defense against unconstitutional behavior. Otherwise the constitution is "just a damn piece of paper."

Robert H.
Robert Hamm4 years ago

And yet again Steven misses the entire point of the article. The right constantly vilifies unions for contributing to campaigns. Corporations spend 13 times as much and are trying to cut out the union spending and thats all fine. Not to worry. Corporations have out best interest in mind.

Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W.4 years ago

Really, really need to somehow get rid of Clarence "Pubic hair on the Coke can" Thomas, get one more progressive justice in the SCOTUS, revisit this opinion and get the country right again. Look for petitions to get rid of that clown; they're all over the place.
As for a reason, besides the obvious one that he's a lazy, incompetent, crooked justice, check out his wife's paychecks from various right-wing groups that he never revealed as required by LAW!

Linda T.
Linda T.4 years ago



Debbie W.
Past Member 4 years ago

With all the money invested in the stench of power and corrutption, no wonder there's nothing and no one left to actually turn things around. Sad.

Jean W.
Jean Wall4 years ago

Citizens United seems to miss some simple realities on the ground. While the "corporations are people " mantra has been in the mix for some time, CitzU took the brakes off by clarifying legal questions . However ,when it comes to corp.= people as it pertains to legal culpability for certain types of infractions, corporations have the luxury of dissolving on paper, a person would have to become a fugitive to have equivalent legal luxuries.
When it comes to political donations, corps. are comprised of people who individually retain all free speech rights.Why the extra helping? Also corporations have a capacity for generating money that individuals or even bands of individuals(PACs) do not, and they generate that money THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THEIR LABOR FORCE. So workers may well be generating funding that drowns out their voice in the political system and undermines their own best interest. Sure, they ostensibly could work somewhere else, but that is not always realistically the case ...and "somewhere else " may be doing the same dance.
Elections themselves have become an industry. The amount of money raised and expended is staggering . In this atmosphere corruption is an inevitability.

Rosary G.
Rosary G.4 years ago

It's too bad the mainstream media does not hammer this message, that less than a handful of immoral corrupt power-hungry idealogues are responsible for almost ALL of what you see and read out there.
If the average person knew how they were getting scammed and played, they could ignore the hundreds of millions being slimed at them instead of thinking all those attacks are legitimate. Knowledge is real power power. Once you realize the source, the fruit of "citizens united" will have no longer have power over you.