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Unlimited Corporate Influence Can’t Go Unchallenged

Unlimited Corporate Influence Can’t Go Unchallenged

Today, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for corporations to spend obscene amounts of money to sway federal elections. In a 5-4 rule this morning, the Roberts Court sided with powerful corporate interests, giving them even more voice in the political process and further stifling the voice of the American People in the Citizens United v. FEC case. This Court’s decision is historic and has the potential to distort and corrupt the political process.

Our democracy and the future of environmental legislation is in jeopardy. In 2009, oil and gas industries spent $7.8 million in campaign contributions and $120.7 million in lobbying; with the Court’s decision, those industries can now spend unlimited amounts in independent expenditures. Now, if a member of Congress is considering regulating oil and gas companies, corporations like ExxonMobil could spend virtually unlimited amounts from their general funds on television ads, direct mail, or phone banks to defeat that member. Will this influence members’ votes on key environmental legislation because they fear unlimited money being used to campaign against them?

Yes.

Based on the Court’s decision, Congress needs to act quickly to empower everyday Americans and end the undue influence of big money on our elected officials. We urge Congress to include the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 752/H.R. 1826) as part of the legislative solution to Citizens United. The Court has radically changed the political landscape and Congress needs to act to put democracy back in the hands of the American people, not corporations.

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11:16PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Thank you Janice P for your info. I also like to watch Bill Moyers and his guests.

7:18AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

AS Sandra W. said, "Large corporations have been way too powerful for many years. Our leaders have become their slaves."

Actually, they have become their whores, being well paid for their services.

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3:41PM PDT on Apr 25, 2010

All of this occurring at a time when Bill Moyers, who has always been a champion of true democracy and the people's rights, is leaving the Journal. This is terribly sad for those of us who seek to understand what our elected officials and their benefactors, the corporations, are doing to us.

I LOVE the idea that one of Bill Moyers' latest guests had. If corporations are to be given equivalent "personhood" status with real human beings, perhaps they should be subject to the same laws as human beings - such as the "Three strikes, you're out" law. How many corporate executives would be in jail for life and how many would lose their voting rights after having committed 3 criminal offenses, such as fraud, on behalf of their companies? How many corporations would no longer be able to contribute to - or outright "buy" - any politicians? Think of the fallout from this financial collapse, alone.

For those of you who have not seen it, please listen to Bill Moyers Journal on PBS from April 23rd. It, as usual, is very enlightening.

6:12AM PDT on Apr 6, 2010

thank you

1:03PM PDT on Mar 20, 2010

It's sad that these lobbyists are allowed to have great stores of cash behind. There should at least be a cap. We elected our representatives and they don't always hear us for all the big business noise!

1:54PM PST on Feb 15, 2010

I cannot believe that we are giving corporations and their lobbyists more power rather than less as the American people want. This is terrible. What happened to government by the people for the people?

3:39PM PST on Feb 7, 2010

Please challenge the "too big to fail" abusive monopolies.
A legal fiction has no First Amendment rights.

8:56PM PST on Jan 31, 2010

http://movetoamend.org/ sign please, this ruling is a travesty.

11:22AM PST on Jan 30, 2010

Large corporations have been way too powerful for many years. Our leaders have become their slaves.

8:58AM PST on Jan 26, 2010

Interesting.

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