Thursday, June 24, 2010

Don't Allow Corporations To Decide American Elections!

Don't Allow Corporations To Decide American Elections!

When Roberts and his merry band of judges, were deciding the fate of America in the Citizens United v. FEC case,

Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 50 (2010), was a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court holding that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment. The 5–4 decision resulted from a dispute over whether the non-profit corporation Citizens United could air via video on demand a critical film about Hillary Clinton, and whether the group could advertise the film in broadcast ads featuring Clinton's image, in apparent violation of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, commonly known as the McCain–Feingold Act.

I felt as though it would never come to pass; Corporations to be treated as though they were people, how could this be? Every media outlet that I had viewed said it was very likely to be a 5 to 4 decision in favor of Corporations. NO WAY! I still refused to believe that the 5 accomplished Supreme Court judges could ever vote against The People even with bearing in mind, that they were of the "Conservative Persuasion".

(In my opinion, a system of beliefs, that advocate, Flesh and Blood People insignificant when making laws).

Live and learn, that’s what happened to me on January 21, 2010 because it DID COME TO PASS and now we are dangerously close to an election that could be decided by Corporations, even ones overseas like BP.

Today, after receiving this email, I thought I would try to do a small part in undoing such an ignorant law, by blogging it around. My efforts will have seemed worth it even if only one person takes action to tell these 5 Roberts' judges that they were in the wrong and "We The People" must make it right by forcing a constitutional amendment.
Please read more about it
HERE. And while you’re at it visit MOVE TO AMEND.

Thank you,thinkingblue

Two important reads:
  1. Money Grubbers - The Supreme Court kills campaign finance reform.

  2. Does The Roberts Court Favor Corporations Over Ordinary Citizens?


Dear People For Supporter,

An important new poll commissioned by
People For the American Way shows that Americans of every political stripe resoundingly reject the Roberts Court's dangerous decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which opened the floodgates of unlimited corporate cash in our elections.

We should have a government of, by and for the people. The polling results show increasing concern among Americans that, in part because of the Court's decision, which equates corporations with people, we are becoming a government of, by and for the corporations. The poll also shows broad awareness that when corporations spend unlimited amounts to influence the outcome of elections, it infringes on the rights of the rest of us by drowning out the voices of the average citizen.

The Court's decision in
Citizens United was so disastrous that voters overwhelmingly support a constitutional amendment to correct it.

Three-quarters of voters said that they support a constitutional
amendment to limit the amount that corporations can spend in
elections. A similar majority are more inclined to support a
candidate who has spoken out in favor of an amendment. This
support cuts across party and ideology, with majorities of
Democrats, Republicans and Independents in support of the measure.

Leading up to Election Day, People For the American Way, along
with Public Citizen and other allies, will be asking
congressional candidates to pledge to support a constitutional
amendment, and sharing that information with voters.

Here are some of the polling specifics:

  • 85% of voters say that
    corporations have too much influence over the political
    system today while 93% say that average citizens have too
    little influence.

  • 95% agree that "Corporations
    spend money on politics mainly to buy influence in
    government and elect people who are favorable to their
    financial interests." (74%

  • 85% disagree that
    "Corporations should be able to spend as much as
    they want to influence the outcome of elections because
    the Constitution protects freedom of
    speech." (63%
    strongly disagree)

  • 93% agree that "There should
    be clear limits on how much money corporations can spend
    to influence the outcome of an election." (74%

  • 77% think Congress should support
    an amendment to limit the amount U.S. corporations can
    spend to influence elections.

  • 74% say that they would be more
    likely to vote for a candidate for Congress who pledged
    to support a constitutional amendment limiting corporate
    spending in elections.

You can read more about the poll here. (PDF)

Thank you for your continued support of PFAW's campaign to restore Government By the People.

-- Ben Betz, Online Communications Manager

Money Grubbers - The Supreme Court kills campaign finance reform.

Does The Roberts Court Favor Corporations Over Ordinary Citizens?

RNC Document Mocks Donors, Plays on 'Fear'

Thom Hartmann on Freespeech TV

New Robes For SCOTUS

Please sign this very important
petition "demand question time" (of our political leaders)
We really need more dialog from those at the top... The
Republicans have got to be made to realize they can't hide behind
"NO" any longer! thinkingblue

Click to go to MOVE TO AMEND and sing petition.


Let's keep our heads, while we continue


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