Recent news and notes on the movement to overturn Citizens United –
An opinion from the board that administers campaign finance laws in Alaska opens the door for a new independent group to raise and spend unlimited cash in this year’s elections, a decision that could have farther-reaching implications.
A massive redistricting in Alaska has resulted in elections this year for all but one of the state’s legislative seats. Expect millions of dollars to be spent on these races as groups with agendas target specific districts and candidates.
NY Times (Opinion)
North Carolina, Meet Citizens United
The North Carolina Judicial Coalition is a new tax-exempt organization, known as a super PAC, supported by wealthy conservative Republicans who are determined to make this year’s race for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court ideological and expensive.
Cafe Hayek (blog)
One Defense of Citizens United
The implicit assumption of those who today decry the role of private money in political campaigns is that the same voters who are mesmerized into a state of stupidity by glitzy political ads are, in the absence of such ads, naturally intelligent, wise, and prudent. This assumption is dubious. (Editor’s note: So dubious, nobody has ever made it.)
Esquire Politics Blog
The Rot of Citizens United Is Universal. Get Used to It.
It is a capital mistake to study the corrosive effect of the utterly corrupt Citizens United decision only in the context of the presidential contest, or in the context of other highly visible individual races, like the one for a U.S. Senate seat or last night’s Wisconsin recall. The rot in the system is poisonous, general, and spreading.
The stamps will feature a number statements such as: “Corporations are not people,” “Money is not speech,” and “Not to be used for bribing politicians,” according to a Move to Amend press release.
Move To Amend (press release)
Ben Cohen and Move to Amend to Stamp Dollar Bills
Move to Amend and Cohen plan to kick off the money stamping project in Philadelphia at the Occupy National Gathering on July 4 to encourage “thousands of people to buy rubber stamps and stamp any currency that comes into their possession,” Cohen told Yahoo News this week. Later this summer the group will launch a giant traveling money stamping machine to visit communities across the nation.
The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA)
Council OKs resolution against Citizens United ruling
The resolution, which passed 4-0, calls on state and federal lawmakers to support a constitutional amendment “to establish that political speech and spending by corporate entities to influence the political process must be regulated and made subservient to the people’s interest in authentic democracy and self-governance.”
NPR All Things Considered (audio)
There’s More Secret Money In Politics
Critics of disclosure say its value to voters is marginal. Teachout says when it comes to political advertising, voters actually want to know “whether those attacks are funded by Goldman Sachs, by a union, by Exxon Mobil. If you knew where the source of that attack came from, it changes how you read the attack.”
Economy In Crisis (blog)
22 States Stand Up Against Citizens United
There seems to be little hope of overturning Citizens United, and the Montana law’s fate does not look much more promising. Unless the ideological make-up of the court changes, it seems unlikely that any court challenge will be the end of this disastrous ruling. A constitutional amendment, while a long-shot, may be the only hope for curbing the flood of corporate money we have seen.
The Corporate Media Conspires With GOP to Strengthen Citizens United
At the behest of corporate broadcasters, a single subcommittee vote by House Republicans killed an FCC disclosure guideline and strengthened the role of secret money in American politics. … Republicans accomplished their goal by attaching a rider on to the FCC’s budget that prohibited them from spending any funds on disclosure rules.
Use the People’s Veto to End Citizens United
When I spoke at an event in February 2010, I gave the audience little boxes of matches. My point was that to achieve the change we were discussing we would need to light a prairie fire of activism. Two years later, I gave a similar talk. I needed no matchboxes. The prairie fire was well underway.