Citizens United is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

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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

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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

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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…

Constitutional Amendments Seem Impossible Until They Become Inevitable

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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.

Leaked Agreement Shows Candidates View CPD Events as Joint Campaign Appearances, Not Real Debates

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Thanks to an insider leaking the 2012 agreement between the Rs and Ds, we again see the degree to which the candidates control nearly every detail in the debates to avoid any hint of spontaneity or unpredictability. Some of the dictates, such as describing camera angles and details of stools, seem like harmless obsessions. But read closely…

Presidential Debates Should Serve Citizens and Democracy, Not Political Parties

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The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) may sound official, but it’s a private non-profit corporation, owned and controlled by Republican and Democratic party operatives, with most financial support coming from for-profit corporations. The CPD undermines the interests of Americans in several ways.