Topic: corporate influence

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and the Case of the Mysterious Mystery

“Curveball,” the star informant for American and German intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war, cited by Colin Powell before the U.N. Security Council, admits to fabricating WMD in order to oust Saddam: Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right. They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the … Read More

The Price of Democracy: Corporate Money in Politics

Watch our recent forum on corporate influence in our democracy in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Video after the Jump. Read More

The Price of Democracy

Do you know that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people? Do you know that they are now allowed to spend unlimited sums of money to influence elections? That’s what the Supreme Court decided when it overturned almost a century’s worth of legal precedent in the recent Citizens United case.

As grassroots political activists, we are asking, what does this mean for democracy and for our work in 2010? Will corporations (like Goldman Sachs, for instance) really be allowed to spend unlimited sums writing political ads in support of candidates who promise to do their bidding? How can we be prepared? How can we fight back?

To answer these questions, ACT NOW, Living Liberally, and several of our progressive ally organizations convened a public forum of campaign finance reform experts and advocates, and we’ll have footage of that panel discussion on-line very soon. We’re also continuing to learn more about what we can do to combat corporate influence in politics on a state and federal level, and beginning to lay plans for our response, in concert with our progressive allies.

In the meantime, please take a moment to educate yourself further on the Citizens United ruling and also look over this information on the DISCLOSE Act, spearheaded by New York’s own Senator, Chuck Schumer. We think it’s an excellent start and, if you agree, we urge you to call and email your representatives in the House and Senate and say that you stand behind it. (This only takes a minute!)

Next, read up on the package of campaign finance bills put forth in the New York State Senate (including one introduced by our panelist, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron), and contact your State Senator to say you want to see them pass.

While you’re doing that, we’ll be meeting with our progressive allies and conjuring up many more ways to make a difference in this extremely important fight. So stick around! (And, as always, it is the ideas and passion of our volunteers that shape our campaigns, so please contact us and tell us what you think.) Read More

Price of Democracy — Corporate Money in Politics

Thanks for joining ACT NOW, Living Liberally, Democracy for New York City,, Greater NYC for Change, Manhattan Young Democrats, and New York Democratic Lawyers Council for an evening of dynamic debate on money in politics in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision. Panelists include State Senator Daniel Squadron, outspoken advocate of campaign finance reform; Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, campaign finance reform expert at the Brennan Center; and Jerry Goldfeder, professor of election law and an expert on campaign … Read More