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The Senator from Exxon-Mobil? As Supreme Court Throws Open the Floodgates to Unlimited Corporate Money in Campaigns, the Time for Real Reform is Now!
Folks, we have a problem. It's bigger than healthcare, global warming, and the economy because it cuts to the heart of every big issue we face. The symptoms of this problem are clear: Instead of doing the nation's business, elected officials are spending a third of their time or more dialing for...
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Ruling on Spending May Alter Political Terrain
WASHINGTON - Overruling two important precedents about the First Amendment rights of corporations, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections. The 5-to-4 decision was a vindication, the majority said,...
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Feingold Fears 'Lawless' Court Ruling on Corporate Campaigning
More than one hundred years ago, after a 1904 president race that saw big life insurance companies pour money into the project of electing Republican Teddy Roosevelt, the defeated Democratic candidate, Judge Alton Parker, raised the question of whether presidents and congresses would simply be...
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Feingold Wary of Upcoming Ruling on Campaign Finance
Supreme Court decision on case that challenges legislation expected soon
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Going Backwards: Courts Roll Back Limits on Spending in Election Law
WASHINGTON - Even before a landmark Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance law expected within days, a series of other court decisions is reshaping the political battlefield by freeing corporations, unions and other interest groups from many of the restrictions on their advertising about issues...
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The Rights of Corporations
he question at the heart of one of the biggest Supreme Court cases this year is simple: What constitutional rights should corporations have? To us, as well as many legal scholars, former justices and, indeed, drafters of the Constitution, the answer is that their rights should be quite limited -...
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Will the Corporate Supremes Now Dance on Democracy's Corpse?
The Four Courtsmen of the Apocalypse are poised to finally bury American democracy in corporate money. The most powerful institution in human history---the global corporation---may soon take definitive possession of our electoral process. It could happen very soon. While America agonizes over...
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Justices Are Pressed for a Broad Ruling in Campaign Case
WASHINGTON - There seemed little question after the argument in an important campaign finance case at the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the makers of a slashing political documentary about Hillary Rodham Clinton were poised to win. The open issue was just how broad that victory would be. The...
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Tightening the Corporate Grip: The Stakes at the Supreme Court
Can things get still worse in Washington? Yes, they can. And they will, if the Supreme Court decides for corporations and against real human beings and their democracy in a case the Court will be hearing today, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Until reaching the Supreme Court last...
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Supreme Court Considers Corporate Spending on Elections
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court returns on Wednesday to consider ending long-standing limits on corporate and union spending in political campaigns -- a move critics say could give big money more influence over U.S. elections. Proponents say the case, which involves a movie critical of then-...
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