Tag Archives: Citizens United

Jim Hightower | Why Can’t Our Economy Promote Equality and Shared Prosperity?

You don’t have to be in “Who’s Who” to know what’s what. For example, if tiny groups of Wall Street bankers, billionaires and their political puppets are allowed to write the rules that govern our economy and elections, guess what? Only bankers, billionaires and puppets will profit from those rules.

Chris Hedges: Revolution Is in the Air

The voices of citizens are rising from the streets of Washington and fracking sites in Colorado. They are rising from towns and cities such as Ferguson and Baltimore where police murders are terrorizing poor people of color. They are rising in Los Angeles from underpaid workers and the Dreamers. And these voices will, if we sustain and join them, become a deafening crescendo.

▶ Series Of Protests Interrupt Supreme Court Over Citizens United decision

The protest was organized by 99Rise. A spokesman for the group, Timothy Brown, who was not among those in the courtroom told Reuters they spent Tuesday night practicing how they would rise in succession and shout slogans including: “Reverse Citizens United” and “Money out of politics.”

Bill Moyers: Grassroots Pro-Democracy Movement Must Rise to Challenge Corporate Control

Ahead of final sign-off, veteran journalist tells viewers that reaching out to their fellow citizens and neighbors is the essential task in creating the transformation so desperately needed By Jon Queally, staff writer  CommonDreams.org  October 24, 2014 After more than four decades as a journalist working in the public interest, Bill Moyers might soon be “signing-off” […]

John Nichols: The Senate Judiciary Committee Just Backed an Amendment to Overturn ‘Citizens United’

Once dismissed even by many reformers as an appropriate yet impossible initiative, the movement for a “Money Out/Voters In” amendment to the Constitution has grown so strong — and been proven to be so necessary — that it has now achieved what most organizers of amendment movements only imagine.   By John Nichols  BillMoyersNews  July 12, […]

New Poll: Americans Think The Supreme Court Is Political, Closed Off, And Got Citizens United Wrong

Only 36% of Americans believe the justices usually decide cases based only on the law, according to a new poll Chris Geidner  May 6,  2014   BuzzFeed Staff Supreme Court justices attend the State of the Union speech on Jan. 28. Larry Downing / Reuters WASHINGTON — Only about a third of Americans believe the Supreme Court […]

The New Citizens United: Supreme Court Strikes Down Political Spending Limits for Rich Donors

A corrupt Supreme Court backs the rich; fascism reigns in elections. —RiseUpTimes By Mike Ludwig, Truthout.org | Report  02 April 2014 McCutcheon Rapid Response at the Supreme Court/Public Citizen (Photo: Flickr) Demonstrations were held across the country Wednesday as the Supreme Court continued chipping away at federal campaign finance reforms with a 5-4 ruling striking down the federal cap […]

▶ Mark Fiore Cartoon: Religious Liberty for Corporations

  Click Watch On Vimeo to view animated cartoon. By Mark Fiore   truthdig.com  March 27, 2014 The Hobby Lobby case, which will determine whether corporations have religious freedom and thus the right to deny their workers contraception despite the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act, is being heard by the Supreme Court. Read what Truthdig’s […]

▶ In Rare Protest US Supreme Court Is Disrupted

Protester disrupts the Supreme Court over its Citizens United decision By Al Kamen  February 27th, 2014  www.washingtonpost.com  PopularResistance.org Above: Kai Newkirk in front of the US Supreme Court “Just released from jail after disrupting a Supreme Court session yesterday to raise up the voice of the vast majority of Americans who believe democracy should be […]

Dark is the New Green: Lucrative Lobbying from the Shadows

While the number of registered lobbyists last year was only 12,279, the true figure is closer to 100,000, says Professor James Thurber of American University’s School of Public Affairs, and an advisor to the American Bar Association’s Lobbying Reform Task Force. by recoveringConservative   for Progressive Policy Zone Sunday, February 23, 2014 Former Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut) swore when he retired in […]

Did Public Television Commit Self-Censorship to Appease Billionaire Funder David Koch? Parts 1 & 2

 democracynow  Published on May 30, 2013 http://www.democracynow.org – Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal say plans for their new documentary to air on public television have been quashed after billionaire Republican David Koch complained about the PBS broadcast of another film critical of him, “Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream,” by acclaimed filmmaker Alex Gibney. Lessin […]

Robert Jensen on Talking Radical in a Mainstream World

 Click here to see the video. Robert Jensen gives a teach-in on Talking Radical in a Mainstream World for Occupy Austin’s Independence Day gathering. Occupy Austin (7/4/12) describes the goal of the gathering: “We are coming together to write a new declaration. A Declaration that reminds us of the uncertain road that those who founded […]

Moyers> Media Giants Fight Proposal That Could Shed Light on Who’s Buying Our Elections

Moyers: Media Giants Fight Proposal That Could Shed Light on Who’s Buying Our Elections The new rule would require the ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates in the top 50 markets to make their files on political advertising available on line immediately. by Bill Moyers    April 18, 2012    BillMoyers.com By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship   […]

Video> Flashmob: Citizens Unite to Oppose Citizens United (with Marisa Tomei)

Uploaded by StopCitizensUnited on Apr 2, 2012 Hundreds of Angelenos unite to oppose “Citizens United vs FEC” – the 2010 Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations to make unlimited/undisclosed political contributions. Join our call for real campaign finance reform. Please share this video and Like “Stop Citizens United” on fb to help spread the word: http://facebook.com/StopCitizensUnited Join Us!  Subscribe […]

Bill Moyers> How Can Ordinary People Fight Citizens United?

How Can Ordinary People Fight Citizens United? February 1, 2012 Click here for the full video and transcript.

Rob Kall> Is The USA The Only Nation in the World With Corporate Personhood?

Is The USA The Only Nation in the World With Corporate Personhood? By Rob Kall   Posted: 02/ 8/2012    Huffington Post It’s not surprising to learn that no nation on earth enshrines in its constitution the right of corporate personhood. Mila Versteeg, associate law professor at the University of Virginia, is probably the only […]

Video> How to Reverse the Corporate Coup d’Etat> A Conversation with Lawrence Lessig and Chris Hedges

How to Reverse the Corporate Coup d’Etat A Conversation With Chris Hedges and Lawrence Lessig Monday 30 January 2012  TruthOut Chris Hedges and Lawrence Lessig, Yes! Magazine | Interview and Video  Protesters against Citizens United demonstrate outside the Sacramento Capitol, California, January 21, 2012. (Photo: Public Citizen) “We’ve undergone a corporate coup d’etat in slow motion. And it’s […]

Video> Democracy Now> As States Take on Citizens United, Lawrence Lessig Offers Bold Plan to Get Money Out of Politics

As States Take on Citizens United, Lawrence Lessig Offers Bold Plan to Get Money Out of Politics January 4, 2012    Democracy Now   Amy Goodman    California and New York City lawmakers are introducing measures today calling for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United, the controversial 2010 Supreme Court ruling that characterizes political spending […]

Video> Thom Hartmann> David Cobb – ‘Citizens united’ Doesn’t Fly in Big Sky State

David Cobb – ‘Citizens united’ Doesn’t Fly in Big Sky State Thom Hartmann talks with David Cobb, Spokesperson-Move to Amend / Attorney / National Projects Director-Democracy Unlimited, about Montana’s Supreme Court issuing a stunning rebuke to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 that infamously decreed corporations had constitutional rights to directly spend […]

How the Oligarchs Took America by Andy Kroll

Tomgram: Andy Kroll, How the Oligarchs Took America Posted by Andy Kroll    December 2, 2010.  (Editor’s note:  An older article, but still applicable now.) Tomgram:  We already know that it’s party time for the financial elite who gave real meaning to the phrase “economic meltdown” in 2008, that bonuses are soaring, that corporate profits for the third quarter of 2010 […]