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Curb the Corporate Agenda of Activist CEOs

Join More than 600,000 Activists in Telling the SEC to Expose the Hidden Influence of Corporate Money


CEOs of massive corporations can secretly funnel millions of dollars from corporate coffers toward electing corporate candidates.

They want to keep their spending in the dark. Thankfully, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has the authority to expose their hidden influence. But the SEC isn’t going to act without public pressure.?

Tell the SEC: Shine sunlight on corporate spending in elections.

Congratulations to Howard Kurtz on His New Job

Follow John Cook's bouncing ball; watch where it lands on a Fox News exec's name, Bert Solivan.

The Project: “Amendment Broadcast Campaign”

We are currently developing a short documentary about the who, what, and why of Move to Amend, and why everyone should join us in the movement for a vibrant democracy.

The Move to Amend coalition has been leading the grassroots effort to build a democracy movement to pass an amendment to the US Constitution which unequivocally states that corporations are not people and are not entitled to inherent rights, and that election spending is not free speech.

Why We Need the Amendment Broadcast Campaign

In the places we’re organizing, we’re meeting with total success. In community after community, red or blue, we’re passing resolutions and ballot initiatives in support of our amendment. The corporate-controlled mainstream media isn’t interested in broadcasting the news of these successes, so how do we get our message out? 

Here’s where you come in…

The ABC is the antidote to the mainstream media blackout on corporate rule. The public airwaves are saturated with biased and misleading messages. The Internet provides us with an affordable opportunity to spread the message about Move to Amend and we intend to take full advantage of it.

We are also tailoring the length of the video to make it easily playable on cable access television stations across the country. Our supporters number nearly 300,000 (and growing) — imagine if every community where they live was playing our video on their community access stations: exposure for our movement would grow by leaps and bounds!


"The Koch brothers’ bid to buy elections in America speaks to the obvious need for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and subsequent rulings," Sanders said. "In the short term, Congress must pass legislation to require disclosure of the corporations and wealthy individuals behind the ads by outside groups," he added.
"When one wealthy family spends more money than was raised altogether by the last Republican presidential candidate, it tells us that we are no longer a country of the people, by the people and for the people. We are becoming a country of the rich, by the rich and for the rich," he added. 

 — Senator Bernie Sanders

"The Koch brothers’ bid to buy elections in America speaks to the obvious need for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and subsequent rulings," Sanders said. "In the short term, Congress must pass legislation to require disclosure of the corporations and wealthy individuals behind the ads by outside groups," he added.

"When one wealthy family spends more money than was raised altogether by the last Republican presidential candidate, it tells us that we are no longer a country of the people, by the people and for the people. We are becoming a country of the rich, by the rich and for the rich," he added. 

Senator Bernie Sanders

You mean half-measures to fix the problem, Politicalprof? : How Campaign Finance Reform Makes Congress Wealthier

politicalprof:

But it’s not what you think …

So here’s the deal. Congress is filled with millionaires. Lots of them, And the new Congress is no exception: it’s packed with lots of millionaires.

At the same time, people running for office have to raise millions of dollars to have a credible chance of winning…

This all depends on what you mean by reform: seems to me that you’re not going to take on the Big Hill and suggest that we need to publicly finance all political campaigns. Amiright?

Do Something In San Diego about Getting Money Out of Politics

It’s time for me to do more than just blog about it. I’ve started to act locally. I’m not wedded to one organization - it’s just that Rootstrikers has chosen a good application, Nationbuilder, which they are using to organize. There are other organizations:

There is nothing wrong, nothing stopping us from mixing-and-matching messages and ideas from any group.

This isn’t a partisan movement - this is about people who believe that their government should be responsive to thier needs and requests without having to pay for it beyond paying taxes.

Sign up and join us:

Mo’ Money in Elections’ y’all!

No on 32: Crystal Ball - What’s Their Real Agenda? (by SpecialExemptionsAct)

Please add your name at right to urge your senators to support the DISCLOSE Act before Monday's vote.

Big vote on Monday. In the Citizens United era — and in the midst of the most expensive election cycle ever — we need to draw the people and corporations who seek to influence our democracy out of the shadows.

The DISCLOSE Act, sponsored by Rhode Island’s Sheldon Whitehouse, would do just that. It’s up for a vote on Monday — and Republican leaders are threatening to filibuster it.

Urge your senators to support the bill and oppose any effort to filibuster it

Super PACs are spending millions of dollars on elections this year — attacking anybody who stands in the way of the interests of the wealthy donors and corporations who fund them, and helping ensure that our government becomes ever more subservient to corporate interests.

The DISCLOSE Act would require these mega-donors to disclose any donations of more than $10,000. It won’t solve all that ails our government, but it’s a critical step in the right direction and will help us hold our elected officials and their backers accountable.

Please click here to urge your senators to support the DISCLOSE Act before Monday’s vote

thepeoplesrecord:

California votes to overturn Citizens United briberyJuly 6, 2012
California became the sixth state to take a stand against Citizens United, which has given corporations and individuals unlimited power to spend on federal and state of elections. The California Senate voted yesterday 24-11 to pass the resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to pass an amendment overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling.
California’s Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 22 puts California in the company of Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maryland as states working to put an end to what amounts to legalized political bribery.
A coalition of groups including Public Citizen, Common Cause, California PIRG, CREDO Mobile, California Church IMPACT, Free Speech for People, California Labor Federation, California League of Conservation Voters, and many other organizations advanced the resolution and kept pressure on the legislature to pass AJR 22. The coalition worked with California Assembly members Bob Wieckowski and Michael Allen in introducing the resolution.
“Today’s vote sends a clear message that California rejects this misguided ruling made by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court,” Wieckowski said. “The Legislature’s action and the 50,000 Californians who quickly signed petitions in support of AJR 22, show that it is time to restore sanity to our campaign finance laws. If Congress doesn’t act, our electoral process will be more dominated by wealthy interests and their concerns will drown out the voice of common Americans. This resolution is designed to send a grassroots message to Washington about the urgent need to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling and restore fair elections to the people.”
Source

Adding to his checkered record, my state senator, Juan Vargas, supported this bill.

thepeoplesrecord:

California votes to overturn Citizens United bribery
July 6, 2012

California became the sixth state to take a stand against Citizens United, which has given corporations and individuals unlimited power to spend on federal and state of elections. The California Senate voted yesterday 24-11 to pass the resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to pass an amendment overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling.

California’s Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 22 puts California in the company of Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maryland as states working to put an end to what amounts to legalized political bribery.

A coalition of groups including Public Citizen, Common Cause, California PIRG, CREDO Mobile, California Church IMPACT, Free Speech for People, California Labor Federation, California League of Conservation Voters, and many other organizations advanced the resolution and kept pressure on the legislature to pass AJR 22. The coalition worked with California Assembly members Bob Wieckowski and Michael Allen in introducing the resolution.

“Today’s vote sends a clear message that California rejects this misguided ruling made by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court,” Wieckowski said. “The Legislature’s action and the 50,000 Californians who quickly signed petitions in support of AJR 22, show that it is time to restore sanity to our campaign finance laws. If Congress doesn’t act, our electoral process will be more dominated by wealthy interests and their concerns will drown out the voice of common Americans. This resolution is designed to send a grassroots message to Washington about the urgent need to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling and restore fair elections to the people.”

Source

Adding to his checkered record, my state senator, Juan Vargas, supported this bill.