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Campaign Finance Since Citizens United (Bradley Smith)

Campaign Finance Since Citizens United (Bradley Smith)

http://www.cato.org/events/campaign-finance-after-citizens-united-what-happened-what-now

Three years ago the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United. Later, lower courts followed Citizens United in deciding SpeechNow v. Federal Election Commission, the legal foundation for Super PACs. The nation has now experienced mid-term and president elections governed by these decisions. Bradley Smith is a former commisioner at the Federal Election Commission.

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Undo Citizens United

Undo Citizens United

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other leaders in Congress today came together to boost a growing nationwide grassroots movement to undo a Supreme Court ruling that voided legal bans on corporate campaign spending.
For more info: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=e97b6382-67c4-444a-80da-94fd4689bda5

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Citizens United v. FEC – Supreme Court Ruling

Citizens United v. FEC – Supreme Court Ruling

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The Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. FEC in a 5-4 decision. The Court struck down the FECA prohibition on corporations and labor unions making Independent Expenditures to expressly advocate the election or defeat of federal Candidates, or its functional equivalent.

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Glenn Greenwald Vs. Prof. Lessig On Citizens United (Cenk Moderates)

Glenn Greenwald Vs. Prof. Lessig On Citizens United (Cenk Moderates)

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The “Menendez” Citizens United Problem

The “Menendez” Citizens United Problem

Stephen Spaulding, Common Cause joins Thom Hartmann. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that corporations should be able to spend unlimited amounts of money on independent political activities because, “independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” Kennedy also argued that while corporations that make independent expenditures “may have influence over or access to elected officials,” that doesn’t necessarily mean that those elected officials are corrupt. Well – fast-forward five years – and it looks like we have a clear cut case of a corporation’s political spending leading directly to corruption charges for a lawmaker. Last week – Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on public corruption charges – stemming from what the Department of Justice says were actions he took to help out the business interests of a friend.

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Campaign Finance: Lawyers’ Citizens United v. FEC U.S. Supreme Court Arguments (2009)

Campaign Finance: Lawyers’ Citizens United v. FEC U.S. Supreme Court Arguments (2009)

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. More: https://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&tag=tra0c7-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=b154493591316c088236baa99d4930a0&camp=1789&creative=9325&index=books&keywords=citizens%20united

The nonprofit group Citizens United wanted to air a film critical of Hillary Clinton and to advertise the film during television broadcasts in apparent violation of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (commonly known as the McCain–Feingold Act or “BCRA”). In a 5–4 decision, the Court held that portions of BCRA §203 violated the First Amendment.

The decision reached the Supreme Court on appeal from a July 2008 decision by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Section 203 of BCRA defined an “electioneering communication” as a broadcast, cable, or satellite communication that mentioned a candidate within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary, and prohibited such expenditures by corporations and unions. The lower court held that §203 of BCRA applied and prohibited Citizens United from advertising the film Hillary: The Movie in broadcasts or paying to have it shown on television within 30 days of the 2008 Democratic primaries. The Supreme Court reversed, striking down those provisions of BCRA that prohibited corporations (including nonprofit corporations) and unions from spending on “electioneering communications”.

The decision overruled Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce (1990) and partially overruled McConnell v. Federal Election Commission (2003). The Court, however, upheld requirements for public disclosure by sponsors of advertisements (BCRA §201 and §311). The case did not involve the federal ban on direct contributions from corporations or unions to candidate campaigns or political parties, which remain illegal in races for federal office.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_united

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Keith Olbermann’s 2010 Prophecy of (Citizens United) has Come TRUE

Keith Olbermann’s 2010 Prophecy of (Citizens United) has Come TRUE

7 years ago, This man gave us all a warning, we didn’t listen to him, we called him crazy, but now we need him more than ever.

Keith Olbermann 7 years ago in 2010 after the Passage of the Citizens United Bill, Which Stated Company’s are People, Olbermann had these remarks, and it is more apparent now than ever before that he was not only correct but eerily so. We should have listened.

But we can still fix it, there’s still time, before this gets worse, we MUST pass a Constitutional Amendment to Undo The Citizens United Ruling.

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