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This campaign finance system … is in dire need of reform. Let’s get to the bottom of this (IRS) situation, but let’s also acknowledge that this money that is coming into the political system is a very threat to our ability, of this institution, to do the job that the people expect it to do and the Constitution requires us to do.
Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) yesterday during A House Committee on Government Oversight hearing on the IRS. (Burlington Free Press)

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“In a blow against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, the second-largest city in the U.S. sent a strong, if symbolic, message against corporate personhood and unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns.
"Los Angeles voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition C, a resolution that instructed local and state officials to promote the overturning of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. With 100 percent of precincts reporting by 3:16 a.m. Wednesday, Prop C had won 76.6 percent of the vote, according to the LA City Clerk’s unofficial results.”
(Huffington Post)

In a blow against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, the second-largest city in the U.S. sent a strong, if symbolic, message against corporate personhood and unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns.

"Los Angeles voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition C, a resolution that instructed local and state officials to promote the overturning of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. With 100 percent of precincts reporting by 3:16 a.m. Wednesday, Prop C had won 76.6 percent of the vote, according to the LA City Clerk’s unofficial results.”

(Huffington Post)

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Huffington Post: West Virginia House Of Delegates Calls For Citizens United Constitutional Amendment

"The Democratic-controlled West Virginia House of Delegates voted Thursday to call on Congress to enact a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

"The resolution, which passed 60-39, asks for Congress to draft a constitutional amendment which would allow for corporations to be regulated in terms of how much money they could donate and spend on behalf of political candidates, The State-Journal reported.”

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Fighting big money with big money?

Interesting EJ Dionne column in the Washington Post today on people like Mike Bloomberg fighting back against the NRA, or how to feel about a fight between liberal special interests and conservative special interests when you oppose things like the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision:

The Supreme Court has stuck us with an unsavory choice. If the only moneyed people giving to politics are pushing for policies that favor the wealthy, we really will become an oligarchy. For now, their pile of dough needs to be answered by progressive rich people who think oligarchy is a bad idea.

But playing the game as it’s now set up should not blind anyone to how flawed its rules are. Politics should not be reduced to a contest between liberal rich people and conservative rich people. A donor derby tilts politics away from the interests and concerns of the vast majority of Americans who aren’t wealthy and can’t write checks of a size that gets their phone calls returned automatically. A Citizens United world makes government less responsive, less representative and more open to corruption.

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We are supposed to have a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The integrity of our democracy is at stake when corporations can drown out the voices of the people in our elections.
Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) on her support of a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. (Lemon Grove Patch)

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Huffington Post: Citizens United Third Anniversary Marked By Reformers With Push For Constitutional Amendment

"Campaign finance reformers are ringing in the third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision with dozens of rallies and protests across the country. In Maryland, a group of protesters marked the ruling’s birthday at a rally attended by federal and state lawmakers in front of the Maryland state house in Annapolis.

"Let’s repeal this Citizens United case," Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), a leading campaign finance reformer in Congress, said to the loudest cheers from the three-dozen or so attendees gathered in Annapolis.

"This was just one of many rallies planned across the country from Jan. 17 to 21 to protest Citizens United as it enters its third year.”

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Center for Public Integrity

"The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision unleashed nearly $1 billion in new political spending in the 2012 election, with media outlets and a small number of political consulting firms raking in the bulk of the proceeds.
"Spending records released by the Federal Election Commission show that throughout the 2012 election, corporations, unions and individuals that could take advantage of the high court’s ruling were responsible for about $933 million of the estimated $6 billion spent during the contest.”

Center for Public Integrity

"The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision unleashed nearly $1 billion in new political spending in the 2012 election, with media outlets and a small number of political consulting firms raking in the bulk of the proceeds.

"Spending records released by the Federal Election Commission show that throughout the 2012 election, corporations, unions and individuals that could take advantage of the high court’s ruling were responsible for about $933 million of the estimated $6 billion spent during the contest.”

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"And only people and their ideas, not corporations and their money decide our elections.  By a 3 to 1 margin Montanans passed a constitutional initiative requiring Senator Baucus, Congressman Daines and me to work on this at the national level. It’s why I support overturning Citizens United because like most Montanans I see it as a kick in the teeth to democracy.”
- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont) in his address to the Montana legislature today. (via Beartooth NBC)

"And only people and their ideas, not corporations and their money decide our elections.  By a 3 to 1 margin Montanans passed a constitutional initiative requiring Senator Baucus, Congressman Daines and me to work on this at the national level. It’s why I support overturning Citizens United because like most Montanans I see it as a kick in the teeth to democracy.”

- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont) in his address to the Montana legislature today. (via Beartooth NBC)

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Slate: Citizens United Is Still Worth Hating

"The super PACs spent much of the total$1 billion in outside expenditures raised in the 2012 campaign—a vast increase relative to 2008. And yet Democrats prevailed in many major races, retaining the presidency and a majority in the Senate. Does that mean that Citizens United doesn’t actually matter?

"No. Some Democrats did lose, and super PAC money may have made a difference. More insidiously, if Republicans have wealthier backers than Democrats (as they do), and spending for candidates improves their chances of winning (as it does), then the influx of money will shift Democrats to the right, so they can reduce the incentive of wealthy donors to give to Republicans or get some of the money for themselves. If you think President Obama went easy on the banks in the last couple of years, you might point to Citizens United as the explanation.”

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More than seven million voters weighed in directly with their views regarding Citizens United in Common Cause-backed ballot measures on Election Day. What they had to say was clear: corporations are not people, money is not free speech.

(Common Cause)

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