America is a mess.
Many Americans, from those in the Tea Party to those participating in the national Occupy Wall Street movement, agree that the unbridled influence corporations have on our government is one of the main causes of this mess.
This influence is complicated, widespread, and in many cases, exerted behind closed doors. But Occupy Wall Street and those that support its efforts are working hard to expose these unscrupulous policies for what they are: detrimental to the security of the working middle-class.
One policy that’s been targeted by Occupy Wall Street from the beginning is the Supreme Court ruling that corporations are people and should enjoy the same rights to privacy and free speech. If you weren’t paying attention when Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission occurred last year, it’s time to brush up on your legal history.
According to Peter Rothberg of The Nation, it’s “a primer on exactly why the Supreme Court’s closely divided Citizens United decision is incompatible with basic notions of democratic governance.”
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