Corporations are not people brings Saving American Democracy Amendment.

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    We’re on the verge of a sad anniversary. Two years ago Saturday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Citizens United v. FEC that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people. Bernie thinks the ruling was absurd. He has called it a threat to American democracy.

    His answer is to make it crystal clear in the Constitution that corporations are not people, through his Saving American Democracy Amendment.

    While corporations already are funneling untold millions in secret cash into Super PACS to sway this year’s elections, real people all across America are speaking out today against this horrendous ruling. They are gathering everywhere from the marble plaza outside the Supreme Court to city halls and statehouses throughout the country.


    * Read Bernie’s column in The Guardian
    We must stop this corporate takeover of American democracy - Newsroom: Bernie Sanders - U.S. Senator for Vermont

    * Read Bernie’s column in U.S. News & World Report
    Overturn Citizens United | Debate Club | US News Opinion

    * Petition: Show your support for the Saving American Democracy Amendment
    Petition - A Petition to Support the Saving American Democracy Amendment : Bernie Sanders - U.S. Senator for Vermont

    * What do you think? Was the court right or wrong. Take the poll
    Polls: Bernie Sanders - U.S. Senator for Vermont
     
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    Oh yeah.


    Congress and the SCOTUS have allowed corporations far too much power, that's bleedin obvious.

    EXCEPT to the tools here who are either deluded enough to think they will be invited to the capital manor, or to the tools who are already on that parasitic corporate gravy train.
     
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    Where is the Saving the American Republic Amendment?
     
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    As long as unions and organizations like the DNC and RNC are included I'm fine with stripping the person label from corporations.
     
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    Let's have public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Let citizens vote on this issue and practice democracy!

    For Hire: Lobbyists or the 99%

    These 30 corporations spent more money lobbying in Washington, D.C. from 2008 to 2010 than they did on taxes during the same time. They are paying lavish bonuses to their CEOs, the executives are filling the campaign coffers of candidates, and they're getting tax rebates. What about the 99%?

    Check out the report:

    Home | Public Campaign

    Bribery of elected officials and bribed officials = the most stinky of all bribery!
     
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    Eliminating political donations from individual corporations will make no difference at all. Corporations have always been able to influence politics ever since the first corporation existed. PACs didn't come on the scene two years ago, they have been around forever. If you were to reverse the decision that allowed XYZ Pharmaceutical Corporation to give money to political campaigns then they would simply go back to giving that money to the Pharma PAC. Unless you plan on making corporate PACs illegal as well, and that would certainly get no where as a bill. The problem in politics is certainly money, but it isn't the money from corporations only. In fact the more destructive money in politics comes from unions.

    Corporations are not our enemy. They provide jobs, services, and products that we use. It's profoundly ignorant to concentrate on them and ignore the much larger and more damaging influence of other moneys flowing into the pockets of politicians. If you wanted to take all money out of the picture, I'm on board with you, but singling out one group is absurd and I'll not support it.
     
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    Super PACs are a new phenomena that are directly related to the ruling. They are the visible damage to our democracy and it is quite telling that most of them seem to be pro republican.
     
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    1. undoing the ruling will not stop money from corporations getting to politicians.
    2. They have caused NO damage to our democracy, I challenge you to prove otherwise.
    3. They have giiven more money to obama than anyone else.
     
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    Election reform and the requisite reforming/perfection of the Constitution should be the #1 agenda item for the government.

    Not surprisingly; nobody in government is talking about it.

    Publicly financed elections would be great.
    Making the congressional districts non contiguous and assigning legislators via some lottery system would be even better.
     
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    Check this list of super PACs, look at who is spending what on whom. Kind of one sided isn't it? This is deep pockets buying influence for themselves, we as regular citizens could never compete with this obscenity.
    http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/summ.php?cycle=2012&chrt=P&type=S
    I for one do not welcome our corporate overlords.
     

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