Two Years After "Citizens United," Amending the Constitution is Essential

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    The 5-4 Citizens United decision struck down bipartisan clean election laws and declared that Congress could not limit so-called "independent" spending by corporations or others. In the two years since that decision, the 1% have been playing an increasingly outsized role in our elections, holding even greater sway than they had before 2010.

    Deep-pocketed CEOs and corporations have filtered many millions of dollars through Super PACs like American Action Network and secretly-funded non-profit groups like Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, spending made possible by Citizens United and the district court decision SpeechNow.org v. F.E.C.


    Exceptionally Costly, and Exceptionally Unpopular
    The first elections after Citizens United were the most expensive in U.S. history, with more spending coming from outside groups than from the candidates themselves. In modern elections, 9 out of 10 races are decided by who raises more campaign cash.

    Given this reality, it stretches the imagination to believe elected officials won't be indebted to those deep-pocketed donors who help them get the edge over their opponent.

    The 2012 elections are expected to once again set new records for spending. And the money that flows into this year's campaigns will come overwhelmingly from the top one percent. Only a tiny sliver of Americans donate to elections, and the bottom ninety-nine-point-five percent who can afford to contribute will have their dollars drowned out by the million-dollar contributions made possible by Citizens United.

    The decision is not only unleashing an exceptional amount of spending -- it is also exceedingly unpopular. A Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday shows 65 percent of voters from both parties who know about the Citizens United decision believe it has had a negative impact on politics.

    Additionally, a poll released Wednesday from Main Street Alliance, the American Sustainable Business Council, and Small Business Majority shows that 66 percent of small business owners believe Citizens United decision has been bad for small businesses, compared to only 9 percent who think it's good -- a margin of 7 to 1.

    Two Years After "Citizens United," Amending the Constitution is Essential | Common Dreams
     
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    Amending the Constitution in this matter is idiotic – just as idiotic as a BBA.

    If voters spent time researching the issues and candidates, and voted predicated on facts and knowledge, Citizens United would be rendered moot.

    And such an amendment would clearly conflict with the First Amendment, as the issue is about protected speech, not campaign funding or ‘corporate personhood.’
     
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    The only real cure is to make huge corporate funding the kiss of death for any candidate's chances. Every candidate from now on should have a published ratio of corporate/private donations. Maybe someone will make a website that does just that.
     
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    The Supreme Court over stepped its authority on this matter and should have rejected hearing it.
     
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    Leftist butthurt is not sufficient reason to amend the Constitution.
     
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    So you want to abolish free speech because people you dont like can speak. Fabulous.
     
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    The 2010 midterm elections were close in terms of money spent by both sides. Cry me a river dude, Obama is going to raise close to a billion dollars this year, which means your argument is full of holes.

    I do think however, that every political ad oughta be tied to a campaign, if nobody will sign up to accept responsibility for the ad then it shouldn't air.
     
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    Let's HEAR IT!! for......​

    :party:

    :woohoo: . :woohoo: . :woohoo: . :woohoo: . :woohoo:
     
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    You want to abolish the First amendment? Seriously?

    We are seriously screwed up.
     

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