Citizens United is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

As shameful as the Citizens United decision is, we must confront the sobering reality that it is only the tip of the iceberg. A small ruling elite (often succinctly described as the 1%) have stolen control of the country, and they are ruling over us.

What is Citizens United? | An Introduction

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Citizens United is two different but related things: a Political Action Committee (PAC) in Washington, D.C., and a Supreme Court case about election spending in which the aforementioned PAC was the plaintiff. Both lie at the center of a debate over the role corporations should play in society.

Surprise! Citizens United Legal Reasoning Doesn’t Rely on Corporate Personhood

There’s a misconception spreading that Citizens United is an extension of corporate personhood. It’s not. While it’s true that Citizens United strengthened 1st amendment protections for corporations, the basis for that protection isn’t personhood. Rather, the court’s decision rests on something else.

State Initiatives to Revoke Corporate Personhood and Overturn Buckley v. Valeo Win Big

One state went red and the other blue in the presidential election, but citizens of Montana and Colorado agreed by overwhelming margins that we need to amend the U.S. Constitution to revoke the overwhelming power of money over elections.
In Montana, early returns showed…

Black Friday Now Black Thursday, But Don’t Expect the Best Bargains on Either

The competition for Black Friday deals intensifies

Instead of spending time with their families on Thanksgiving this year, employees for Walmart, Target and other chains are being asked to work on that day. Meanwhile Black Friday deals aren’t nearly what they’re chalked up to be, according to a study by the Wall Street Journal.

Constitutional Amendments Seem Impossible Until They Become Inevitable

It was a great benchmark of progress for the Democracy Movement when the NY Times published four essays on the merits of amending the Constitution to revoke the dominance of money over elections. We added reference links and some comments in publishing them here.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Takes Stand Against Corporate Personhood

The U.S. Conference of Mayors recently signed a resolution stating that corporations should not receive the same legal rights as natural persons do, that money is not speech and that independent expenditures should be regulated.