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Special Interest Powerhouse Promises Flood of Political Ads Without Disclosure, Despite Court Rulings

Special Interest Powerhouse Promises Flood of Political Ads Without Disclosure, Despite Court Rulings | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by KEVIN BOGARDUS, The Hill


Court rulings that require the disclosure of funding for campaign “issue” ads will not change the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s political program, officials with the business group insisted Monday.


Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue promised a vigorous campaign program despite a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling last week upholding an earlier judgment that the Federal Elections Commission was wrong not to require disclosure of funding for issue ads.


“We will have a vigorous, not changed in terms of our objectives and our methods, election program. These cases do not change that,” Donohue said Monday at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. “Second, we will not have to disclose where our funding comes from.”


Bruce Josten, the Chamber’s executive vice president for government affairs, noted that the decision has been appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.” [MORE]

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An Anniversary You Are Forced to Remember

An Anniversary You Are Forced to Remember | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

NEGAH MOUZOON, Huffington Post

One year after a U.S. Supreme Court decision gave corporations free rein to block class action lawsuits, judges have used the decision to prevent at least 76 potential class-action suits from going forward, a new report by Public Citizen and the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) has found.

The report, "Justice Denied," tracks the anti-consumer effects of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, in which the Supreme Court ruled that corporations could block consumers' rights to sue collectively -- even in the 19 states that have laws protecting such rights.

What began as a dispute over $30 between Vincent and Liza Concepcion and AT&T has turned into a legal monster worth millions of dollars to corporate bottom lines. The corporate lawyers and the court put profits before people, and a year later, we are seeing the ripple effects, as people seeking fairness are losing their legal rights.
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Under the U.S. Supreme Court: 2012 election drowning in secret money

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: 2012 election drowning in secret money | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI

The 2012 elections are awash in secret money, with donors accountable to no one, while the national media sleeps and few voters seem to care.


If money has an impact in U.S. elections, the race for the White House and other high offices may be determined by faceless donors pulling the strings from the shadows. Not exactly an image promoted by the Founding Fathers.


In January 2010's Citizens United vs. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling effectively ended the restrictions on political contributions from the general funds of corporations and unions for independent electioneering.

The U.S. appeals court in Washington then used Citizens United to rule in SpeechNow.org vs. FEC that limits on individual contributions to groups making independent expenditures are unconstitutional.

The two rulings established a new order in how outside groups can affect elections, one pretty much without boundaries.

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