Recent news and notes on the movement to overturn Citizens United –
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D) and Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger (R) respond to the Supreme Court’s action invalidating Montana’s 100-year-old Corrupt Practices Act.
The War Room (Current TV)
Granholm: “Amend our Constitution to save our democracy”
Granholm says that fundraising pressures have only increased since Citizens United and that the pressure to raise money is just one reason we should reform campaign finance — to get our legislators legislating again, instead of making calls and shaking hands. “This isn’t a partisan issue,” Granholm insists. “This is a national crisis.”
Russ Feingold Blasts Supreme Court
“This court had one fig leaf left after this one awful decision two years ago,” said the former three-term Democratic senator from Wisconsin. The justices could claim “they were politically naive or didn’t know what would happen when they overturned 100 years of law on corporate contributions,” he said. But with the court’s decision on Monday, Feingold told HuffPost, that’s gone: “They have shown themselves wantonly willing to undo our democracy.”
[Editor’s note: While it’s important to remember this issue is non-partisan, there can be little doubt that a President Romney would appoint corporatist Justices that would not only uphold Citizens United, but continue to expand civil rights for legal fictions. This and, obviously, the fact that Mitt Romney believes “corporations are people, my friend,” are enough to disqualify him in the eyes of The Amendment Gazette.]
Traditionally, major corporations and major unions have both tended to seek maximum flexibility when it comes to political spending. And much of the media has covered corporations and unions as equal players. That was never really the case. Corporations, freed by the Court to spend freely from their treasuries on political campaigns, will invariably have more money at their disposal than unions. And the Court’s determination to extend Citizens United, as evidenced Monday by its rejection of Montana’s century-old anti-corruption law, which baned restricted corporate influence in state and local elections sets up even more brutal battles in regions where unions will have a very tough time even competing with corporate cash.
Salt Lake Tribune
Move To Amend asks Utah high court to ease ballot access
In Salt Lake City, Move to Amend gathered 7,141 signatures to get its initiative on the municipal ballot. But City Attorney Ed Rutan advised the council that, under Utah law, such a petition must constitute legislation that would produce law before it could be put before voters. But Move to Amend’s petition doesn’t do that; it seeks only ask voters to endorse or reject these statements:
1) Only human beings, not corporations, are endowed with constitutional rights.
2) Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.
Dark Money Part 1
The 2012 presidential election is set to become the most expensive race in history, with spending projected to top $11 billion — more than double the 2008 total. It will be the first presidential election since the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United decision.
Dark Money Part 2
Bauerlein and Kroll discuss the role of attorney James Bopp, a key legal adviser behind the Citizens United decision; how Karl Rove, Sheldon Adelson and others are quietly bankrolling Mitt Romney’s campaign; and why President Obama has opted to accept unlimited super PAC donations.