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Tag: citizens united

July
1st

HOBBY LOBBY: Decision is a step toward fascism

The Hobby Lobby court ruling which allows closely held (family? held) corporations to not pay for certain kinds of birth control is one more step toward fascism – which I define as corporations/businesses ruling our government.

Employees who do not hold similar religious beliefs should not be denied certain kinds of contraception because it is against the corporate founder’s religious beliefs.

The Hobby Lobby’s ruling is a step back of at least 50 years. Citizens United was a step back to the late 1800s when the rich really did hold all the power. Two of our forefathers, Benjamin Franklin, and

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April
22nd

ELECTIONS: Reduce influence of big money

It was good to read about retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens’ new book, in which he calls for an amendment to the Constitution regarding election finance reform.

It’s important to note that two U.S. representatives, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have stated that since the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision, “decision-making is often colored by the prospect of facing $5 million in anonymous attack ads if a member of Congress crosses an economically powerful interest.”

Washington state’s citizens’ Initiative 1329 is calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reduce the influence of big money

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March
17th

ELECTIONS: Let’s take back our democracy

The News Tribune raises a valid concern in calling for electronic disclosure of Senate campaign contributions (editorial, 3-16). In the current environment of huge campaign contributions by wealthy individuals and corporations, timely disclosure gives the public some inkling of who is funding elections – or should I say, who is buying our elected officials?

But the real issue is the campaign contributions themselves. Big money is absolutely corrupting our political process. Shockingly, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled (2010, Citizens United vs. FEC) that corporations are people and money is speech! This defies common logic and has opened the

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April
9th

AMERICA: Democracy is more distorted than ever

I think the country needs to have a serious discussion about who is running this place. It has been three years since the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, and money has been the driving force in the two national elections since then. The Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Donald Trump, and the National Rifle Association pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into their election efforts to convince the rest of the country about how to vote.

Worse, we have an attorney general who has expressed no interest in prosecuting the major banks for their part in robbing the country of

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Dec.
20th

TACOMA: City joins others seeking campaign finance reform

On Tuesday, the Tacoma City Council joined more than 150 municipalities and counties throughout the United States by passing a resolution which states, in part, that corporations are not people with constitutional rights.

In this state, Tacoma joins Bellingham, Olympia, Port Townsend, Seattle, Jefferson County, Snohomish County and Island County in lobbying the state legislature to pass a memorial (formal request) to Congress requesting legislation to reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010. A change will most likely require an amendment to the Constitution.

The Tacoma City Council members spoke convincingly on their reasons for supporting or opposing

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Oct.
18th

ELECTION: Best politicians that money can buy?

As Election Day approaches, some politicians are preparing to personally buy their election, a trend that has become increasingly popular in today’s political climate.

In an effort to remain competitive with Derek Kilmer, Bill Driscoll dumped another $500,000 into his campaign, which, amounts to a total of $1 million in personal spending in this race for the seat of retiring 6th District Congressman Norm Dicks. Driscoll’s campaign consultant, Alex Hays, stated that this action proves the seriousness of Driscoll’s campaign to PACs.

This trend demonstrates how the democratic process has been hijacked by money. The  Supreme Court decision in Citizens

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Aug.
27th

ELECTION: What will be the quid pro quo?

The 2012 presidential election is in a terrible state now, what with expectations that over a billion dollars will be spent, much of it secret donations resulting from the Citizen’s United debacle.

A couple hundred people are writing seven- to nine-figure checks to propagandize, scare, lie and smear certain candidates. If you can bear to watch TV between now and November, be my guest.

Suppressing the vote and quid pro quo between operatives trying to buy outcomes are rampant. For example, Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers are shoveling in money, yet directly benefit from what Romney says he wants.

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Aug.
6th

ELECTION: Limit donations by corporations, the rich

We are getting closer to the Gilded Age of American history of the late 1800s, when the wealthy lived in extreme opulence and the majority of Americans were wondering where the next meal was coming from.

When 47 people account for 57.1 percent of the $230 million raised by super PACS – which mainly support Republicans – and more than 1,000 donors giving $10,000 or more were responsible for 94 percent of the super PAC money raised, I say our elections are being bought.

When I see many Americans voting against their own economic self-interest, which has been true since

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