Saturday, August 13, 2011

Citizens United




Citizens United, Americans Beware
Supreme Courts are supposed to uphold constitution, but tension rises when justices rewrite laws that congress was elected to write. Legislating from the bench this is called. One of the worst cases in history is a case called Citizens United. One hundred years of law was overturned that limited corporate money in politics. They gave the right of corporations to spend as much as they like on political campaigns.
They justified this by saying," limiting money in politics is the same as limiting free speech”.

Former Supreme Court Justice John Stevens

Has said a election is a debate and most debates have rules and he thinks Congress is the one to make those rules. If a debate is distorted where one side has so much greater resources than the other that sometimes will distort the ability to decide the debates on the merits. He fears that debates that are supposed to be fair fights are not any longer. The decision I fear will do damage to this institution.
Citizens United's current leadership includes David N. Bossie, President and Chairman; Michael Boos, Vice President and General Counsel; Douglas L. Ramsey, Secretary-Treasurer; and Directors Ron Robinson, John Bliss, Kirby Wilbur.

A dissenting opinion by Justice Stevens was joined by Justice Ginsburg, Justice Breyer, and Justice Sotomayor. It concurred in the Court's decision to sustain BCRA's disclosure provisions, but dissented from the principal holding of the majority opinion. The 90-page dissent argued that the Court's ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will...do damage to this institution. The dissent also argued that the Court's holding that BCRA §203 was facially unconstitutional was ruling on a question not brought before it by the litigants, and so claimed that the majority changed the case to give themselves an opportunity to change the law.
Court's opinion is thus a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self government since the founding, and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore Roosevelt. It is a strange time to repudiate that common sense. While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics.
 Citizens United
In September 2010, Americans United for Life Action - a 501(c)4 affiliated with Americans United for Life - ran radio ads[9] advocating that incumbent Members of Congress John Boccieri, Chris Carney, and Baron Hill be defeated. News reports at the time indicated that the ads were among the first ads to capitalize on the decision.
John Boccieri (born October 5, 1969) is a one-term U.S. Representative for Ohio's 16th congressional district, serving from 2009 until 2011. He was defeated by Republican Jim Renacci on November 2, 2010. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives.
Christopher P. "Chris" Carney (born March 2, 1959) is the former U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district, serving from 2007 until 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party and was a prominent member of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition
Baron Paul Hill (born June 23, 1953) is the former U.S. Representative for Indiana's 9th congressional district, serving from 1999 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
The Truth About President Obama and Citizens United
What is Really Wrong with Government

The problem is that our government is  increasingly responsive to special interests, lobbyist have crippled middle class businesses across America, the Federal Reserve prints money out of thin air, we wage wars at a tune to 10 Billion a month, we don't properly secure our boarders, we allow Illegal  Immigrants to collect welfare checks and steal our jobs, bailout of big banks who recklessly gave loans to people with no savings knowing that Federal Reserve would come to their rescue and the list goes on and on and ON. 

With its ruling in the Citizens United case, the Supreme Court has opened the floodgates for large corporations and special interest groups to spend unlimited amounts of money on attack ads in political races across the country.

This unprecedented decision has given people like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers enormous sway over our political discourse, with no accountability whatsoever – effectively shutting out the voices of average Americans.

Enough! Use the form below and join with Joe Donnelly in telling Congress to pass legislation that restores fairness and transparency to our elections.

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