Monthly Archives: August 2012

Big Money and Prison Privatization

by Anita

It is relatively easy to find instances of big money’s influence in national elections and issues. Finding such influence in state and local politics is a bit more difficult, but by no means impossible.

For example, Texas, along with other states, has been affected by corporate influence in the privatization of prisons. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been used to promote “model” legislation in many states, including Texas; these model laws involve privatization in addition to many other issues.

According to Sharon Dolovich, writing in the Duke Law Journal (1) Continue reading

We’ve Done It Before: 7 Constitutional Amendments That Overruled the Court

The following Constitutional amendments were designed to overturn Supreme Court cases.

  1. The Eleventh Amendment—overturned, in 1795, a Supreme Court decision from 1793 allowing federal courts to hear cases in which a citizen of one state sues the government of another.
  2. The Thirteenth Amendment—abolished slavery, after Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) held that slaves could not sue for freedom because they and their children were not citizens.
  3. The Fourteenth Amendment—grants citizenship to anyone born or naturalized in the United States. This also overrules Dred Scott’s ruling that slaves were not eligible for citizenship.
  4. The Sixteenth Amendment—gives Congress the power to levy a direct national income tax, 18 years after 1895’s Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co. held that individual income taxes were unconstitutional. Continue reading

The True Identity Behind Super PACs

by Anita
Who are the top Super PAC donors? According to rootstrikers.org, there have been 26 donors (so far) who have given almost 50% of all Super PAC money.  Who knows how many are giving secretly to the 501(c)4  “social welfare organizations”?  Here is a link to a post on the Rootstrikers blog that shows the names and occupations of those 26 donors (be sure to click on the image in the blog post to enlarge it):
You may notice that the Koch brothers aren’t in this graphic.
According to Szelena Gray at Rootstrikers, the graphic deals with Presidential Super PACs, and the Koch brothers primarily donate to Congressional races.

Also, John Lesko writes in a comment: Continue reading

Citizens United and Unions — Bob from Keller

[this is the information about unions that supports our contentions in the meeting notes below]

My name is Robert Kirk and l live in Keller, Texas. For the last 8 years I have served as the Financial Secretary – Treasurer for the Transport Workers Union, Local 567, in Fort Worth. My responsibilities include the handling of the donation requests to the TWU PAC, Committee on Political Education (COPE). I also process requests to stop contributions to COPE, as well as requests from our members who wish to withdraw their membership in the Local and become what is known as an Agency Fee Objector.

Many conservative web sites allege union dues money is used for political action, which I am sure you know, is illegal. Continue reading

Meeting With Senator John Cornyn’s Staff Member

by Barb

Citizen’s Meeting at John Cornyn’s Dallas Office 8/15/12

1. Our Group’s Direct Request to our Senator through Collin McLochlin, deputy regional director.

Please support an amendment overturning the Citizens United ruling because Money in politics via campaign contributions through lobbyists and other groups is corroding our democracy. And, the Citizen’s United ruling exacerbates this corrosion by allowing unlimited indirect campaign contributions to super PACs and social welfare organizations. The public and shareholders will not know who is behind the ads and information because donors can be anonymous if donating through the social welfare organizations. But, the candidate who is being supported will know who dropped all the money to get them into office, sooner or later, as the corporations and super rich come knocking for the political return on their investment through that candidate.

2. Paraphrased answers from Collin McLochlin. Continue reading

Our New Website

Citizens for Truth is a blog focusing on the effects of money in politics. We believe that big money, such as that wielded by corporations and the rich, has too much influence in United States elections and public policy. This excessive and unfair influence has been present for a long time, but has been exacerbated in the last two years by the Supreme Court decisions Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and SpeechNow.org v. FEC.