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.
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