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Occupy the Courts Friday

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-01-19 -

Friday is the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Citzens United vs. Federal Election Commission that decided corporations are people, too, and gave way to the rise of Super PACs that raise unlimited amounts of money for politicians with less transparency. If corporations ain’t your friends, consider joining the protest Friday.

The 2010 case set the precedent that government could not limit political spending by corporations and unions, so long as the groups are independent. Now, however, Super PACs have arisen that are able to remain a few steps removed from political candidates while at the same time raising unlimited amounts of special-interest money to fund their campaigns.

One disturbing trend that resulted from the decision was how a dummy corporation donated $1 million to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and then four months later dissolved, thereby not having to file a disclosure report on who the company officers were with the Federal Election Commission, the Huffington Post reported.

Activists will be protesting at the federal courthouse tomorrow against the controversial decision and holding a teach-in about the history of corporate rule and the Citizens United decision, Friday, Jan. 20, starting at 9 a.m. at the Frank E. Moss U.S. Courthouse, 350 S. Main, Salt Lake City. Teach-in begins at 11:30 a.m.

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Posted // January 20,2012 at 15:35

Well said, Duke.

 

Posted // January 20,2012 at 15:37 - Thanks, mate.

 

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Posted // January 19,2012 at 16:11

Actually, corporate "personhood" was granted in 1886 via strange circumstances. So to say that this is the anniversary of said decision is misleading.

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Besides, as much as it bugs me, it doesn't really matter that corporations can now donate directly to potential candidates via super PACs. So long as there are as many lobbysists as there are rats in DC being given direct contact to politicians, politics will be corrupted by the influence of money.

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We need some kind of "lobbyist's panel" in DC, a place where lobbysits can state their issues, through a mediator, sans money, without having direct and influencial contact with the politicians.

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And if you want to rid presidential campaigns of super-rich overlords, you'll need to change things big time, i.e., eliminating campaign donations altogether while creating a tax-fed campaign pool, allowing any viable campaigner to dip, very publicly, into the fund for the same amount of money and allowing the same amount of tax-funded media to each candidate.

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Restrict the money put into campaigns, force all candidates to run on a completely level platform, and you might get somebody other than a lying schmuck (Bush, Obama) for president every now and then.

 

 
 
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