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    US Elections after Citizens United Case

    On Jan 21, 2010, the 5-4 Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporate funding of political campaigns cannot be restricted under the First Amendment right of Freedom of Speech.

    No other ruling has done more to erode democracy and ensure corporations have more control of the American democratic process. Now any candidate without large financial support, or personal wealth will not be able to compete in campaigns, which will ensure a small pool of corporate backed candidates representing the American people. An ABC news poll shows 80% of Americans oppose the Citizens Case ruling, and Republicans and Democrats condemned the Court's decision. President Obama, a former constitutional lawyer, stated, “"this ruling strikes at our democracy itself" and "I can't think of anything more devastating to the public interest".

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    1. Michel van der Hoek 21 months ago | reply

      Wow. You really believe that? Do you even know how much left-wing labor unions spend on election campaigns? Between 2005 and today, they have spent $4.4 billion on electioneering. That's Billion with a B. They have always been exempt from legal limits on political speech. But the "evil" corporations are not allowed to have a political opinion??? Really? REALLY?? Unions can spend. Corporations cannot? Unions good. Corporations bad? Really? Have you thought this through?

    2. wquatman 21 months ago | reply

      Yeah!!!!! The Reich Wing only spends more than 10 times as much as the left and the left supported that campaign reform. Corporations and rich individuals CAN spend as much as they want. Those evil unions are spending money on the campaigns their large memberships vote in favor of spending it on. Thank God the corporate decisions are made by a couple of individuals and their donations are more than 10 times the unions' donations. But, don't let the facts cloud the issues because:

      “Fascism, which was not afraid to call itself reactionary…does not hesitate to call itself illiberal and anti-liberal.”
      Benito Mussolini

      "We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their
      leaders in prison. We must reduce workers salaries and take away their
      right to strike.”

      Hitler, May 2, 1933

      " They came first for the Communists,
      and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

      Then they came for the Jews,
      and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

      Then they came for the trade unionists,
      and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

      Then they came for the Catholics,
      and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

      Then they came for me,
      and by that time no one was left to speak up."

      Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

      It's wrong for unions to support those politicians who support labor over those who support exploiting labor and robbing them. Let the aristocracy but the elections and support your own exploitation like the drolling idiots of the U.S. working class political Reich Wing.

      SIEG HEIL !!!!!! SIEG HEIL!!!!! SIEG HEIL!!!!!!

    3. Dandelion Salad 3 weeks ago | reply

      Great work. Thanks for having a CC license on your photo. I've used it on this blog post: dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/supreme-court-abo...

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