Citizens United

By huge margins Americans confirm that if corporations are going to engage in political spending, that spending must be controlled by shareholders and accountable to the public. Eight out of 10 Americans (80%) agree that corporations should only spend money on political campaigns if they get...
10/25/2012
Data Byte
The Corporate Reform Coalition poll shows that Americans are ready to act to prevent their voices from being drowned out by corporate political spending. Seventy nine percent would refuse to buy a company’s product or services to protest a company’s political spending. Seventy five percent would...
10/25/2012
Data Byte
The Supreme Court has said many times that protecting against the appearance of corruption is a compelling interest vital to the protection of democratic government. The Court has recognized the danger that voters will grow cynical and choose not to participate in a system they think is rigged....
10/25/2012
Data Byte
Americans clearly understand that corporations spend money on politics in order to extract their own benefits from government. Economists deride the process of rent seeking, whereby one company seeks advantage over another not through economic competition in a free marketplace on the strengths of...
10/25/2012
Data Byte
Corporations are established through state law and, as such, should not be beyond democratic accountability. As the Supreme Court noted before its recent sharp turn towards campaign finance deregulation, corporations “receive from the State the special benefits conferred by the corporate...
10/25/2012
Data Byte
Americans of all political backgrounds agree: there is way too much corporate money in politics. Nine in 10 Americans (89%) agree with that statement, and 51 percent strongly agree. More than 80 percent of every ideological and partisan subgroup expressed agreement that there is way too much...
10/25/2012
Data Byte
Americans of all political backgrounds agree: there is way too much corporate money in politics. Nine in 10 Americans (89%) agree with that statement, and 51 percent strongly agree. More than 80 percent of every ideological and partisan subgroup expressed agreement that there is way too much...
10/24/2012
Publication
A corporation is a legal structure that enables individuals to contribute and pool resources, capital, and labor in order to generate a profit. Corporations are created by state law in the state in which they are incorporated. The corporate legal structure receives a number of advantages and...
10/24/2012
Publication
With Super PACs and "dark money" groups drowning out the voices of average citizens in a sea of (often secret) cash, now is the time to push our elected leaders to step up to build a democracy in which the strength of a citizen's voice doesn't depend upon the size of her wallet.  SOURCE: ...
10/22/2012
Data Byte
The Roberts Court's campaign finance jurisprudence has one over-arching theme: morphing the First Amendment into a tool for powerful interests and wealthy individuals to use to dominate the political process. This has tied the hands of advocates and policymakers working to curb the influence of big...
10/19/2012
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