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April 23, 2010

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peter terminello

Politics are unfair because money talks and with Citizens United , it will shout. After all , an American voter should have more influence than a CEO of a British bank who sends money through its U.S. subsidiary to influence the election of a candidate.

Richard Barendsen

This is excellent. Something has got to be done to level the playing field between big money and little money.

Will this address the phenomenon of "astroturfing" where big money is fronted by little "grass-roots" organizations that are ostensibly just very angry/noisy average citizens, but who are really being paid to carry placards, etc.? (As in the healthcare "debate".)


Edward Rishavy

The fiction that corporations are "persons" is absolutely ridiculous. Corporations may be person-like in some characteristics but they are very much unlike "natural persons" in more important ways. Another fiction is the belief that money is somehow equated to free speech. Does anyone believe that a billionaire and a laborer have the same free speech rights or the same influence on our lawmakers? Money is political power and not free speech! Because of Citizens United, Corporations now have unlimited political power in our state and national elections.

Law Student

yes, and the "special interests" don't exist on Obama/Democrat side?? Come on, the Democratic transference onto Republicans is pathetic

Ed Martin

A Constitutional amendment is the only sensible solution to reverse the rapacious corporate takeover of our nation’s electoral system, legislature, executive branch, and independent regulatory agencies. Such amendment should:

• Abolish the Electoral College system and provide for direct, popular presidential elections.

• Confer the right to vote in federal elections on all United States citizens.

• Limit contributions of cash or other value to or for the benefit of any candidate for federal office to United States citizens who are registered to vote in the State where such candidate is on or contending to be on the ballot.

• Require prompt public disclosure of the identity of each contributor, the amount and the identity each intermediate and ultimate beneficiary of every contribution of cash or other value to or for the benefit of any candidate for federal office.

• Declare that for purposes of the Constitution corporations are not persons, the expenditure of money is not speech, and no provision shall be construed to constrain federal and state regulation of corporate action directly or indirectly relating to legislative, executive branch, or independent regulatory agency activity.

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