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Republicans Who’ve Spoken Out Against Money in Politics

Last month, Texans United to Amend set up an exhibition table at the Texas State Republican Convention in Ft. Worth (thanks to Mike Badzioch). On one of the days, I helped out. We were all glad to hear that Republican delegates shared the same concerns we had about the influence of too much money in politics. It’s hard to say what percentage of all the delegates agreed with us, but of the delegates who stopped at our table to talk, 95% of them agreed with us on the 2 issues that we discussed with them.

Besides the issue of too much money influencing our political process, the other issue we discussed with them was our belief that corporations are not people and should not have the same constitutional rights as individuals. From what I could tell, none of them had heard of a constitutional amendment to solve these 2 issues. However, those in agreement with us, did not seem adverse to a constitutional amendment.

None of this should be too surprising. Republicans and Republican leaders, past and present, have spoken out against money in politics, the Citizens United decision, and corporate personhood. Here is a sampling: Continue reading

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Utah and Arkansas Scandals Involving Money in Politics

Over the last several weeks we’ve seen two more state government high ranking officials resign over alleged campaign finance abuse and other ethics violations. Near the end of November, Utah’s then attorney general, John Swallow, announced his resignation from office effective December 3. Mark Darr, Arkansas’s current lieutenant governor, recently announced his resignation effective February 1.

Former Attorney General John Swallow was accused of failing to disclose business conflicts of interest, giving preferential treatment to donors, and violating attorney-client privilege while serving in the attorney general’s office. On January 11, 2013, businessman Jeremy Johnson accused Swallow of being part of a plan to bribe a U.S. senator to derail a Federal Trade Commission probe into an internet marketing company owned by Johnson. Continue reading

Money in Politics: Where is the Outrage?

by Kellye
The current fight to get money out of politics prompted by the Citizens United decision is not the first time that a crusade has been necessary to fight against the crony capitalism of big business and politicians, and a Supreme Court that protects them.  Over 100 years ago, Teddy Roosevelt championed progressive policies such as trust busting and increased regulation of business.  His domestic policy centered around what he called the “Square Deal”, promising the average citizen a fair share.  It took the human suffering of the Great Depression before many of these progressive policies were passed into law.  Over the last 30-40 years, there has been a concerted effort by corporate and moneyed interests to weaken or overturn many of these laws. 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

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