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Happy Birthday -- Wolf PAC style

What our Regional Coordinator Andy got for his birthday:

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More on our It Gets Worse Campaign

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By David Frankel of Trending Hill

 

The “It Gets Worse” campaign, run by Wolf PAC and The Young Turks news program on Current TV, wants your opinion. To join the campaign, The Young Turks asks you to send in a short video, where you discuss anything related to corporate personhood and how the current system is detrimental to progress and dangerous for the future of America.

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Wolf-PAC: Saving our Democracy

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Since 1978, corporations have been pumping money into politics, following a Supreme Court decision that endowed corporations with the same rights as citizens. From that decision, income inequality has increased; the average American wage has stagnated; corporate taxes have decreased considerably; and the top income earners have a higher percentage of the wealth than ever before.  Furthermore, the Citizens United v. FEC decision permitted corporations to spend virtually unlimited money on political campaigns, which brought us Super PACs. This ensures that the politicians friendly with corporations will be elected. Politics are now completely bought and paid for. The candidate with the most money wins about 94 percent of the time.

There is one organization that makes it its goal to end corporate sponsorship of politicians: The Wolf-PAC.

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Use Knox V. SEIU to Attack Money in Politics, Pt. 3

512px-Day_2_Occupy_Wall_Street_Sign_2011_Shankbone.JPGBy Josh Sager

 

Introduction

With the precedent set by the recent Supreme Court Decision Knox v. SEIU, I see the potential for a new line of attack on corporate interests donating money. Instead of simply attempting to attack the right of large aggregations of wealth and power (e.g., corporations and unions) to spend money in elections, citizens can use Knox v. SEIU to attack such donations through the argument that such groups are unconstitutionally compelling donations from the public.

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Use Knox V. SEIU to Attack Money in Politics, Pt. 2

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Knox V. SEIU

During the 2012 term of the Supreme Court, the court heard and decided upon the case of Knox v. SEIU. This case, and the precedent it sets, involves the rights of public unions to compel donations from their members for the express purpose of political speech.

In 2005, the California Service Employees International Union (SEIU) attempted to increase its members’ dues for a temporary increase in political spending during the upcoming 2006 political cycle; this increase was minor for each person paying union dues, totaling a sum of $6.45 a month, yet some people objected. Several non-union members, who still paid union dues to their support collective bargaining (referred to as “chargeable expenses”), challenged the increase due to their disagreement with the recipient of the political expenditures of the union. These people sued the SEIU to stop their money from supporting political speech which they didn’t agree with, and, in January 2012, the court was heard by the United States Supreme Court.


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Use Knox V. SEIU to Attack Money in Politics, Pt. 1

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Money in Politics

The modern political era has been party to massive regressions in campaign finance law, as well as corresponding increases in political spending by wealthy groups and individuals.

Over the past 40 years, a series of judicial decisions and precedent interpretations have opened the floodgates, allowing a tsunami of money to overtake the political process. This money, originating from corporations, unions, wealthy individuals and advocacy groups, has sculpted the political landscape into one of gridlock and legalized corruption. 

Arguably, the first step in the journey which led to the current political climate was the 1886 Supreme Court decision Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad. This case’s decision was a vital prerequisite for the current political climate because it was the seed from which “corporate personhood” grew. The resolution of a tax dispute between the local government of Santa Clara, CA, and the Southern Pacific railroad led to the including of corporations in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

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It Gets Worse: Send Us Your Stories!

Join our It Gets Worse campaign by sending us a short video where you talk about anything related to corporate personhood and how this system only serves to make things increasingly worse for Americans:

  • How does money in politics affect you or those you know? 
  • Why should money be taken out of politics? 
  • Why should Citizens United be overturned?

Anything goes!

 

Here’s how you can help:

Go to: http://upload.theyoungturks.com

  1. Try to keep videos under 3 minutes
  2. Put "It Gets Worse" in the title along with your name and state [for description]
  3. Speak from the heart. Topics could include local stories, personal experiences, important issues that are not being addressed in the media, or anything else you want to highlight.

 

We need your help to make #ItGetsWorse succeed. Please make a video to help get money out of politics. And don't forget to spread the word!

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Breaking the “Money Line”

 

By Rob Icsezen


On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson stepped onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, the first American of black African descent to don the uniform of a Major League Baseball team.  While the future Hall of Fame player didn’t help his team much that game – he failed to get a hit – he did that day change the game forever.  Robinson, a sadly necessary American hero, famously broke what is often referred to as the “Color Line” in American baseball.

Today, our democracy has a similar line, a “Money Line”, and this line is in dire need of breaking.

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The Little-Known Court Case that Helped Give Rise to Super PACs

 

By Ryan G. Shaw

 

While Citizens United v. FEC has been given the most coverage in the media when it comes to money in politics, there is another case which is perhaps even more egregious and which hasn't gotten the attention it deserves. 

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