Stunning development in campaign finance laws. We are now of, by, and for the corporations folks. Simple as that:

Sweeping aside a century-old understanding and overruling two important precedents, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.

5-4 along expected partisan ideological lines.

I understand this also applies to labor unions and other groups, but you don’t have to be a day trader to know that corporations will clean the clocks of labor unions in tossing money at races.

Game. Set. Match. You got pwned, America.

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  • scottpullins

    I disagree. Corporations will spend money on incumbents. In some cases that will be Democrats, in others Republicans.

  • Shalom Eric,

    One man, one vote has been transformed to one dollar, one vote.

    This will bring about the greatest disenfranchisement the world has ever known.

    Having said that, however, as a matter of Constitutional Law, specifically, the 1st Amendment to our Constitution, I cannot fault the ruling by the five Justices.

    We have taken a poorly conceived approach to legislating electoral fairness and the protection of our franchise. It is incumbent upon American citizens, not our elected representatives, to take action and remove the soulless corporation from the equation.

    It will not be easy.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff

  • seditious

    Bullshit Scott. Wall Street companies (including those that are foreign-owned or even Chinese or Saudi government owned) can now drop money bombs to buy, blackmail or destroy politicians.

    The conservative activists—John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Sam Alito are Mussolini loving fascists and fucking perjurers who said they would respect precedents under Oath.

    This ruling rips away laws championed by the men sculptured on Mount Rushmore. Democracy is on life support.

  • Shalom Eric,

    My further response.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff

  • scottpullins

    If only what you were saying were true. Corporations are political cowards. In fact, they give way more money to the left than they do to right.

    Most will continue not to give at all. Those that want to participate are already participating through 501-c6, 4, and 527 groups. Instead of saying call Senator Smith at 202-555-5555 they'll now say Defeat Senator Smith or Elect Senator Smith.

  • seditious

    It looks like http://www.movetoamend.org is the rallying place to take back democracy.

  • MattCS

    Horrible, absolutley horrible.

    If we didn't need proof that money is corrupting government already THIS is the proof that would show it is.

    The Supreme Court should be ashamed, and I hope that the souls of every last person who fought for this country to be free and fair to all come up from wherever they may be and haunt those who were for this until they go mad.

    I'm sure the founding fathers are spinning in their graves.

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  • I'd love to see a source to support the claim that corporations give more to Ds than Rs. I'd be VERY surprised if this were true. Link please?

    You have a point that there are ways to work around restrictions and many do now. Your intellectual honesty point is well taken too. Thinking about this deeper, it is going to be tough for corporations to be overt without a potential boycott situation. They'd probably rather funnel the money and hide their influence. Maybe you have a point there.

    I just bristle – as Jeff says here – at this one dollar one vote idea as opposed to one person one vote.

  • Interesting. You're nothing if not consistent on this matter.

  • seditious

    There were 600 lobbyists in D.C. when Reagan took office. There's something like 60,000 now! Political cowardice??? (granted not all lobbyists are corporate but the vast majority are). Were the banksters cowardly getting Glass-Steagal repealed? Was HillaryCare torpedoed by Harry and Louise ads in an act of cowardice? Has Exxon acted in political cowardice? Hell no, on all counts!

    This ruling will turn corporate boardrooms into political battlegrounds.

    Nevada allows people to incorporate anonymously. So much for disclosures.

    And, if corporations are persons (and not artificial entitites created by government aka we the people) then:

    1. Corporations should pay income tax rates that us working stiffs pay.

    2. Corporations should face the death penalty if their actions kill someone.

    3. It should be considered slavery for one corporation to buy another corporation.

    4. Corporations should not be allowed to merge—same-sex marriage is illegal.

    5. Corporations should be broken up after 75 years. We're all gonna die sometime.

    6. Corporations should be legislated to get some soul or conscience or are we going to let psychopaths roam free?

    What's next Second Admendment rights for Blackwater?

  • seditious

    Actually, Obama did raise $750 million compared to $500 million for McCain. Not all corporate but Wall Street and the banks certainly did give more to Obama.

    The high rollers knew the game was up after the Bush fuck up and wanted to back the inevitable winner. It's no wonder that Obama's proposed Wall Street reforms have just nibbled around the edges.

    But on the whole at least Obama and Shumer are criticizing the ruling and McConnell and Boehner are having wet dreams. Then again, Obama and the Dems are all talk and no action. Wish I were wrong.

    Organized capital already had way too much power before this ruling. On the bright side, at least now we know the barn doors are totally open and the Mussolinis are charging right at us.

  • Shalom Eric,

    Sadly, consistency is too often the mark of the small mind. 🙂

    B'shalom,

    Jeff

  • Shalom Seditious,

    Move To Amend is precisely what we don't need. As long as continue to close the barn door after the horse is running free, wealth will continue to equate to power.

    Only when We The People pick up torches and pitchforks and actually oppose purchased power will we guarantee our franchise and protect our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of power.

    Signing petitions, specially internet petitions, don't do shit.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff

  • Democrats will get money too – I don't think corporations will really care about the letter after the guy's name, provide they get the policy they want. Centrist Democrats have shown they are willing to play ball.

    The bigger issue than the partisan one, IMO, is the fact that corporations will have even more influence than they already do, to the detriment of actual real people. In the 2008 presidential election, the two candidates combined to spend a whopping $1B. AT&T's annual advertising budget is more than three times that. And they don't actually have to spend it – they can just dangle the threat of spending it on the other guy to get what they want.

  • seditious

    Hi Jeff,

    You know, thanks for that comment and come to think of it you're spot on.

    Unfortunately, most people I know are oblivious to this shit and are consumed with bread and circus. So, I assume that your reference to pitchforks means we need to take the ruling as a clarion call to organize and raise awareness. The French know how to get pitchforky but most Americans are ignorant, distracted or stupid. Personally, I sent a Letter to the USA Today editor today about it.

    I think we do need to support politicians such as Alan Grayson, Kucinich and Bernie Sanders that are out front on the side of the People.

    The issue about the ruling that I think will grab people's attention is that foreign-owned companies that are chartered to do business in America can now influence U.S. elections. IMHO, that's the aspect of the isssue we need to hit hardest.

    I'm in Columbus. I'd like to know more about what you think we can do—contact me at dgzmmrmnATaol.com if you feel like it.

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  • Shalom Seditious,

    The French model is a good one. They took our idea of revolution in 1789 and gave it purpose.

    First, and foremost, I think that meaningful conversation, predominantly face-to-face, but online and in print as well, is the central strategy. The MoveOn folks had the right idea, but I attended one meeting back in, I think, 2004 and I decided it was a political sewing society akin to the Move To Amend folks.

    Second, I love the idea of citizens in the street — think of all the march on city hall scenes in Milk — and I think we can look to the teabaggers as an example of how a few dedicated people (crazy or not) can make a difference that matters. We can call them nut jobs all we want, but they've shifted the conversation.

    Third, we have to relentless. In history we study the results of revolutions bu often know nothing of how many years of hard work it takes to become an overnight success.

    B'shalom,

    Jef

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