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We The People Campaign Takes On Citizens United And More: Campaign Cash Roundup

We The People Campaign Takes On Citizens United And More: Campaign Cash Roundup

With the campaign cycle in full-swing comes a flood of corporate dollars.

There’s a new front in the push to remedy the damage caused by the Citizens United decision. Paul Blumenthal profiles the We the People Campaign and its impressive start. The We The People Campaign was launched by The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower and former Mother Jones publisher Jay Harris to bring progressive media and advocacy groups together and to draw attention to journalism that exposes corporate spending in politics. As we’ve already seen with Target last year, the more corporations are forced to account for their political spending to the American people, the more careful they will be with those dollars.

Noam Chomsky offers his thoughts on the battle between corporate cash and the 99% here, highlighting the movement across many states to eliminate the legal fiction of corporate personhood.

Maine’s proud tradition of running clean elections is under attack as the state’s groundbreaking Clean Elections Act is under attack from outside money. Clean Elections Act was the first-in-the-nation attempt to replace private campaign contributions with public funding of campaigns to keep the issues, and the money, local.

Care2 readers are involved as well. Check back here for ongoing coverage of the efforts to keep corporate cash out of our elections and sign our petition to make your voice heard.

 

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11:13AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

If Americans do continue to fail to act, our wealth and freedoms under the Constitution and Bill of Right will stolen by the Global Elites. We are in worse financial condition than Greece. What is coming our way? Thank you Bernie Sanders for doing your part and job to reverse this tide...

1:58PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Impeach the Judges!

3:33PM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

Corrupt corporations contribute 80 times as much as unions, and unions represent actual people.

4:20PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Jo, SCROTUS justices need to be removed one at a time with a dull knife.

8:41PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

NEWSFLASH!

Whirlpool is closing their plant in America to ship jobs overseas. They are firing 5000 workers so they can pay dirt wages overseas and boost their stock price and get larger bonuses. This is after they took nineteen million dollars in stimulus money.

We must not buy Whirlpool products. Let them know how disgusted we are and we are not going to take it anymore. There is more bad that they have done that can be looked up.

We can as a people change things but we have to work at it. This is one of the reasons we are protesting.

8:20PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Question: Can SCOTUS justices be impeached and removed?

7:36PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

People have hearts and compassion.

Corporations do not.

7:12PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Corporate personhood would be tempered if full disclosure was required. Requiring full disclosure of contributions would allow one to "follow the money" and it would truly force accountablility.

Bad publicity is worse than no publicity for most corporations. Full disclosure requirements would be very valuable in curbing corruption, I believe.

6:12PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Thank you.

3:21PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

I agree with both Marianne 12:01pm and Debbie 11:37am.

Since corporations do not have a fingerprint or DNA they cannot be a person. A living breathing person. Only persons can vote so only persons should be able to individually donate to a candidate. There should be no lobbyists trying to influence our lawmakers votes. An individual may give their opinion to their lawmaker but not buy their decision. If they don't like how they come down on an issue they can vote them out in the next election.

Getting the obscene amounts of money out of politics is crucial to our Democracy. The Dylan Ratigan Show has started a petition to help fix this problem. Go to "get money out of politics" to sign this petition.

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