Weekly News Roundup 9/21

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Citizens' Bossie: Obama Is a Hypocrite on Super PACs

“Citizens United President David Bossie charged in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV that President Barack Obama’s disdain of super PACs is hypocritical because the president accepts money from them and supports unions whose members have no say where their money goes.”

Montana and Citizens United
“The G.O.P. of Sanders County, Montana is expected to endorse a candidate soon in the state’s Supreme Court election, ending a 77-year-old prohibition.

Back in 1935, Montana made party endorsements in judicial elections a crime, an effective good-government measure that kept the third branch largely free of politics and money. Earlier this week, however, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Montana must stop enforcing this time-tested ban.”

Political Fundraising Post-Citizens United [VIDEO]
Judy Woodruff talks to The Atlantic's James Bennet and the Washington Post's Ann Gerhart for more on how political fundraising has evolved this election cycle.

Pelosi: Democrats will amend Constitution to overturn ‘Citizens United’ if they control House [VIDEO]
‘If Democrats were to take control of the House of Representatives after the November elections, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her party would “amend the [U.S.] Constitution” on the “very first day” to overturn the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision.’

One Nation by and for the Corporations
“When we speak of the Roberts Court as a “corporate court,” we mean a court in which big business has a heavy thumb on the scale and the ordinary citizen finds it harder and harder to get a fair hearing.”


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The Way Forward
"The 1 Percent Court is now in session.
After the Citizens United decision, an unprecedented torrent of corporate money has flooded the political system, distorting democratic processes and institutions. And perhaps most ominous, if one carefully reads the tea leaves from the Court’s recent decision on the Affordable Care Act, it appears that the commerce and spending clauses may soon be weakened as a constitutional framework for reining in corporate malfeasance."

Citizens United pays to air anti-Obama film

Poll: Strong Support for Campaign Spending Limits
"Corporate donations, I think that is one of the biggest problems today," said Walter L. Cox Sr., 86, of Cleveland. "They are buying the White House. They are buying public office."

Over Eight In Ten Americans Support Limiting Donations To Groups Seeking To Influence Elections
“According to a recent poll by the Associated Press and the National Constitution Center, more than 8 in 10 Americans — 85% of Democrats, 81% of Republicans and 78% of independents — believe there should be limits on the amount wealthy individuals and corporations can contribute to groups seeking to buy elections.”

Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Wednesday, September 19
A federal appeals court has overturned a rule requiring third-party groups to disclose the funders of election-related television ads. In a statement, Democratic Rep. Christopher Van Hollen of Maryland, who brought the initial case that won the disclosure rule, said, "The Court of Appeals' decision today will keep the American people, for the time being, in the dark about who is attempting to influence their vote with secret money."

Karl Rove: Assembling the Death Star to American Democracy
“The radicalization of the Republican Party has dragged the country's political center of gravity sharply to the right, with only weak resistance mounted by the Democrats. The Citizens United ruling is playing out exactly as they had feared, unleashing a carpet bombing of the electoral process with "money of mass destruction" launched by a handful of billionaires whose lives and worldviews seem like even more of a caricature of callousness and greed than Gordon Gekko. Even if Obama survives the money blitzkrieg, it will undoubtedly drive the outcome in countless Congressional and state races.”

SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters
Romney thinks half of Americans are idiots: "He displayed a high degree of disgust for nearly half of his fellow citizens, lumping all Obama voters into a mass of shiftless moochers who don't contribute much, if anything, to society, and he indicated that he viewed the election as a battle between strivers (such as himself and the donors before him) and parasitic free-riders who lack character, fortitude, and initiative."

America’s 1 Percent Have 288 Times As Much Wealth As The Median Household
“According to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute, the wealthiest 1 percent of American households had a net worth 288 times as large as the median household wealth of $57,000 in 2010. This constitutes a huge increase from 1962, when the ratio was 125-1.”


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