Posts Tagged ‘Citizen’s United’

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Not so shockingly, earlier this week, on the US Supreme Court, the disciples of the almighty dollar who religiously protect the profits and the rights of the 1 percent to shape the nation’s laws against the US Constitution and legal precedence, so as to better redistribute income from the 99 percent to themselves, have struck again. The corporate wing of the court struck down “a long-standing limit on how much donors can give to federal candidates, political parties and political action committees in a two-year election cycle. Without any aggregate limit, a donor can now give millions (even billions) directly to candidates and parties. The 5-to-4 decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case is being described as the “next Citizens United,” referring to the 2010 ruling that opened the floodgates for unlimited corporate spending on U.S. elections.”

During his senate confirmation hearings, future US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts declared that he would respect legal precedence. So, too, did Justice Samuel Alito, at his hearing. They both lied under oath. The only precedence they respect is that which makes corporations and the rich more politically powerful, and the precedence they don’t respect are the ones that make publicly traded limited liability corporations and the rich politically and economically weaker. In other words, Roberts and Alito are two of the five Supreme Court justices that are respectfully known as the corporate wing of the Supreme Court, and they lied under oath to get there.

The sleaze factor, related to the corruption factor, was on full display last week when Roberts and Alito voted to once again put their lies during their confirmation hearings on full display. Check out the links below.

The New York Times–Precedents Begin to Fall for Roberts Court

Democracy Now! Senator Bernie Sanders–Supreme court undermines democracy by allowing billionaires to buy elections

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The political “system is broken,” Arizona Senator John McCain said in an interview with David Gregory of NBC. He also called the decision by the corrupt Koch Brothers Wing of the Supreme Court, “the worst (court) decision of the twenty-first century.” Click below for details and video of the interview.

John McCain Calls Supreme Court Uniformed, Arrogant , Naive for Citizens United Decision

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The corrupt corporate wing of the supreme court ruled that coporations were people and that they could raise bazillions of dollars to bribe politicians without disclosing who their contributors were. The founding fathers would’ve been aghast at these easily bribed justices, bribed either with money, or access to economic royality, or other reasons. However, now a lower court has ruled that the names of the money donors must be revealed. Notice that the corporate media has for the most part refused to report this story. See the link below.

By the way, we know that corporations and financial markets are owned by the one percent and are the principal conduits through which wealth and income are redistributed from the 99 percent to the one percent. Legislation has created these conduits. And the corrupt, corporate wing of the Corporate Supreme Court has been sold to the highest bidder, as described above. The court is a major tool of the rich in their war against the middle class.

Appellate Court Rules

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The great state of Vermont became the third state on Thursday to call on the U.S. Congress to overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial and corrupt ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.

The Vermont House passed the resolution by a 92-40 vote. The Vermont Senate passed the resolution 26-3 last week. No doubt, representatives who voted against the measure may have been on the Koch brothers pay roll.

The 2010 Citizens United ruling struck down key provisions of the federal McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law and gave rise to super PACS, officially known as independent-expenditure only committees, which can raise an unlimited amount of money to influence federal elections as long as they do not directly coordinate with a candidate’s campaign.

The ruling held that limiting corporate campaign spending violated the First Amendment, because political contributions were a form of political speech and corporations were legally persons. It should be pointed out that the word “corporation” does not appear in the constitution, a point the Koch Brothers wing of the court refused to acknowledge, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito.

“The General Assembly urges Congress to consider the request of many Vermont cities and towns to propose a U.S. constitutional amendment for the state’s consideration that provides that money is not speech and corporations are not persons under the U.S. Constitution and that also affirms the constitutional rights of natural persons,” Vermont’s resolution, authored by State Senator Ginny Lyons (D), stated.

Similar resolutions have passed in Hawaii and New Mexico.

“By fighting so passionately, Vermonters have put the state on the map as opposing corporate influence in our elections. Public Citizen is proud to have played a coordinating role with our Vermont partners in this movement victory,” said Aquene Freechild, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign.

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