Posts Tagged ‘Citizen’s United’

United Citizens vs. Citizens United

The corrupt corporate Koch Brothers wing of the Supreme Court effectively ensured that they would decide who wins and who loses in the political battle being waged in the halls of congress and in the white house over the distribution of income and wealth when they sided with their benefactors, the Koch Brothers, in ruling yes on the Citizens United case in 2010.

There was a $2500 campaign contribution limit before Citizens United. Now every rich person can form what’s called a Super Pac, toss a bazillion dollars into it, have the Pac spend all of those dollars on one or more candidates of his or her choice, and pretty much make the votes of the 99 percent valueless in the political markets of congress and the white house. They are and always have been markets, usually going to the highest bidder.

The government has made legislative decisions over the last thirty years that has redistributed more and more income from working people to the rich. The Koch Brothers Supreme Court made it even worse for the 99 percent. We’ve had a plutocracy for decades; but now it’s even more so.

This is the golden rule in action; he who has the gold makes the rules. Here’s what’s being done about it.

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The Corrupt Corporate Wing of the Supreme Court of the United States is arguably the most corrupt politically motivated group of morons now in office.

When these criminals decided to destroy one hundred years of legal precedence by voting for Citizens United, they showed us how corrupt they are. It didn’t matter that the wife of Clarence Thomas took in nearly $700,000 from the Koch brothers affiliated Heritage Foundation and didn’t report it until after she was caught. It didn’t matter that Scalia participated in a Koch brother political retreat; and that Alito participated in a right wing fund raiser sponsored by them and helped raise funds for the Koch funded Manhattan Institute. Nor does it matter that Thomas attended a Koch brothers’ political event in Palm Springs in 2008. In 2009, he raised funds for someone involved in a Supreme Court case.” (the Wide Influence of the Koch Brothers)

Did I mention legal precedence? Didn’t Chief Justice Roberts of the Koch Brothers testify under oath during his Senate confirmation hearings that he would uphold “legal precedence?” He lied. Big time. Just look at Citizens United. The Koch Brothers wing of the Supreme Court all voted to overturn precedence in this legal area.

They should’ve all recused themselves before the Citizens United decision given how affiliated they are with the Koch brothers. They are the corrupt Koch Brothers wing of the Supreme Corrupt Court. The Supreme Court has become a legal joke perpetrated on the American people. The Koch Brothers wing of the court’s sole function is to help corporate America redistribute income from working Americans to the affluent.

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President Obama has said it! He wants a constitutional amendment to overturn the corrupt corporate wing of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, which should be more correctly called, “Koch Brothers United Against Americans. However, saying he supports such an amendment when he has no power to do anything about it makes his support somewhat suspect. Maybe he’s only saying it because it’s unpopular and this is an election year.

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A recent survey of small business owners, carried out by the American Sustainable Business Council, found that most of those polled believe the influx of private money into public elections is a bad thing, and that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United must be overturned.

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The Supreme Court of Montana stated today that the US Supreme Court’s corrupt ruling on the Citizen’s United decision does not apply to Montana.

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Occupy the Corrupt Corporate Courts

Inspired by our friends at Occupy Wall Street, and Dr. Cornel West, Move To Amend is planning bold action to mark the second anniversary of the infamous Citizens United v. FEC decision!

Occupy the Courts will be a one day occupation of Federal courthouses across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday January 20, 2012.

Move to Amend volunteers across the USA will lead the charge on the judiciary which created — and continues to expand — corporate personhood rights.

Americans across the country are on the march, and they are marching OUR way. They carry signs that say, “Corporations are NOT people! Money is NOT Speech!” And they are chanting those truths at the top of their lungs! The time has come to make these truths evident to the courts.

➤➤ Join us Friday, January 20, 2012 at a Federal Court building near you!

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by Robert Reich

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum: It was hijacked.

According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech, and corporations are now people.

Yet when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they’re treated as public nuisances – clubbed, pepper-sprayed, thrown out of public parks and evicted from public spaces.

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision last year ended all limits on political spending. Now millions of dollars are being funneled to politicians without a trace.

The limits were eroding even before Citizens United. For years, large corporations have been flooding Washington with lobbyists who bundle individual contributions into a formidable war chest, bankrolling more and more lawmakers’ campaigns.

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Citizen anger with corporate control of our politics isn’t playing out only at Occupy Wall Street rallies. In Colorado, voters occupied their polling places and urged Congress to clarify that constitutional rights belong to people, not corporations.

They also voted to fire their private power company and set up a municipal utility—as sixteen communities across the country have over the past decade.

Voters in Boulder backed an anti–“corporate personhood” referendum by a 3-1 margin, putting the Colorado college town on record in favor of a constitutional amendment that declares that corporate campaign spending is not protected as a free-speech right.

Boulder’s rejection of the money-is-speech fantasy that was outlined in the US Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling of January 2010 was the latest win for a national push by the group Move to Amend to get communities to signal their opposition to the idea that corporations should be allowed to buy election results. Coming at a time with the Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading to Colorado cities, Tuesday’s vote was celebrated by Boulder City Councilman Macon Cowles, who told hundreds of referendum supporters, “People are tired of corporations picking their pockets and stealing their retirement. It’s a way in which people express the dissatisfaction with the fact that the corporate agenda has become our political agenda.”

Boulder voters were not just sending messages about corporate power Tuesday, however. They were moving to replace it.

Boulder voters endorsed a move to create a municipal power authority to replace Xcel Energy Inc., the biggest electricity provider in Colorado. And on the same day, they voted to increase their taxes by roughly $15 a household per year to cover the cost of what is expected to be a lengthy battle to dump Xcel and replace it with a publicly owned utility.

Xcel won’t go easily. The company spent Xcel spent $950,000 on a campaign opposing the Boulder ballot measures. The company’s campaign overwhelmed that of supporters of the referendum, who spent only about $87,000. But the public power advocates still won .

“People like a David-and-Goliath story, and that’s absolutely what this is,” said Ken Regelson, who was active with the group, RenewablesYes.org, the community group that supported developing a public utility.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday night slammed the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision and supported legislation to overturn it.

Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Michael Bennet of Colorado introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would overturn the ruling, which gave corporations and unions the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.

Sanders told Olbermann he thought passing the constitutional amendment was possible, despite the inevitable opposition from conservatives.

“I think what we are seeing now, through the Occupy movement and other efforts, is a growing anger and frustration with the power of big money in this country. You’re seeing it just the other day, when people actually defeated the biggest financial institution in America, Bank of America, who wanted to impose the $5 debit fee. We beat em.”

“I think right now, whether you’re talking to a Republican or a progressive, people are saying that that Supreme Court decision, Keith, is basically insane,” he said. “Nobody that I know thinks that Exxon Mobil is a person.”

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