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Campaign-Finance Reform Has to Be Cross-Partisan

Campaign-Finance Reform Has to Be Cross-Partisan | Positively Political | Scoop.it
Democrats love to talk about cutting the influence of money in politics, but are they actually any more eager to fix it than Republicans?

 

LAWRENCE LESSIG JUN 18 2014, 10:43 AM ET

 

The vast majority of Americans—more than 90 percent in recent polls—believe it “important” to “reduce the influence of money in politics.” But is the business model of the reformers actually consistent with winning reform?

 

This is the fair but hard question raised by the strategy planned by Senate Democrats this summer to force a vote on New Mexico Senator Tom Udall’s proposed constitutional amendment to give Congress the power “to regulate the raising and spending of money” in elections. Forty-three Senate Democrats have cosponsored the resolution. Zero Republicans have. Zero is the same number of Republicans who have joined any of the proposed constitutional amendments now floating about in Congress to, as they are described, “reverse Citizens United.” Constitutional reform to give Congress the power to further regulate campaign cash is the exclusive domain of the Democrats (excepting, of course, the ACLU Democrats; the ACLU opposes such amendments).

 

Read more at 

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/06/campaign-finance-reform-has-to-be-cross-partisan/372983/

 

 


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House panel launches inquiries into IRS targeting of conservative groups - Washington Post

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Washington Post House panel launches inquiries into IRS targeting of conservative groups Washington Post The firestorm buffeting the Internal Revenue Service intensified Friday as lawmakers began what they promised would be an extensive effort to...
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California Schools Win as Taxes $4.5 Billion Over Budget - Bloomberg

California Schools Win as Taxes $4.5 Billion Over Budget - Bloomberg | Positively Political | Scoop.it
California Schools Win as Taxes $4.5 Billion Over Budget Bloomberg California's 6 million public schoolchildren stand to be big winners as a surge in personal- income tax revenue has put the state about $4.5 billion ahead of Governor Jerry Brown's...
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Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online | Video on TED.com

Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online | Video on TED.com | Positively Political | Scoop.it
TED Talks By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge?
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Excellent insight into how to determine the fake from the real.

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Alright everyone, take a valium …

Alright everyone, take a valium … | Positively Political | Scoop.it

Okay Dems, stop it with all the bed-wetting, hand wringing, the sky’s gonna fall, doom and gloom angst over the debate last week. Chicken Little was full of s**t and the world ain’t ending tomorrow...

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School districts warned about millions in expiring technology funds

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State officials have urged school districts and charter schools to use $66 million in vouchers to buy technology before they expire next year.

 

The warning, issued Friday, pertains to funding remaining from an antitrust settlement with the Microsoft Corp. One set of vouchers must be redeemed by April; the other has a deadline in September.

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Executive Excess 2012: The CEO Hands in Uncle Sam's Pocket

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How our tax dollars subsidize exorbitant executive pay...

 

by Sarah Anderson, Chuck Collins, Scott Klinger, Sam Pizzigati, of Institute for Policy Studies

 

Nationwide, budget cuts have axed 627,000 public service jobs just since June 2009. Schools, health clinics, fire stations, parks, and recreation facilities—virtually no public service has gone unsqueezed. Tax dollars haven’t seemed this scarce in generations.

 

Yet tens of billions of these scarce tax dollars are getting diverted. These tax dollars are flowing from average Americans who depend on public services to the kingpins of America’s private sector. They’re subsidizing, directly and indirectly, the mega-million paychecks that go to the top executives at our nation’s biggest banks and corporations.

 

Exorbitant CEO pay packages have, of course, been outraging Americans for quite some time now. Every new annual CEO pay report seems to bring a rash of predictably angry editorials and calls for reform. But little overall has changed. Wages for average Americans continue to stagnate. Pay for top executives continues to soar.

 

One key reason why: Our nation’s tax code has become a powerful enabler of bloated CEO pay. Some tax rules on the books today essentially encourage corporations to compensate their executives at unconscionably higher multiples of what their average workers are paid.

 

Other rules let executives who run major corporations routinely reduce their corporate tax bills. The fewer dollars these corporations pay in taxes, the more robust their eventual earnings and the higher the “performance-based” pay for the CEOs who produce them.

 

In effect, we’re rewarding corporate executives for gaming the tax system. Our tax code is helping the CEOs of our nation’s most prosperous corporations pick Uncle Sam’s pocket.

 

In this latest Institute for Policy Studies Executive Excess annual report, our 19th consecutive, we take a close look at the most lucrative tax incentives and subsidies behind bloated CEO pay and highlight those executives who have reaped the highest rewards from tax code provisions that actively encourage outrageously disproportionate executive pay. [MORE]


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MSNBC Gets Academic: Meet Host Prof. Harris-Perry

The newly anointed cable host is a full-time political science professor at Tulane University.
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Hey Everyone, Stop Complaining About Obamacare: Here's Why We Won a Considerable Victory |

Hey Everyone, Stop Complaining About Obamacare: Here's Why We Won a Considerable Victory | | Positively Political | Scoop.it
Last week's Supreme Court decision was a historic victory for the progressive vision of more compassionate government.
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4th Of July Quotes About Freedom

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4th Of July Quotes About Freedom: This Wednesday, we party in honor of our country's independence with fireworks, barbecues and all around fun.

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The Constitution of the United States of America

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We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our...
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Amend 'Citizens United' Out of Existence

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Public Citizens' Democracy Is For People project aims to arm a citizens army with the tools it needs to limit the corrosive impact of money in politics.
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Supreme Court Upholds Citizens United; Tightens Corporate Stranglehold on Campaign Finance

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In 5-4 decision, court strikes down Montana ban on corporate donation law, strengthening Citizens United

 

By Common Dreams staff

 

In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court has struck down (pdf) Montana's 100 year old law that banned direct corporate political campaign spending in state and local elections. The court reversed a lower court ruling, but did so without allowing full briefing or argument in the case.

 

Previously, the Montana Supreme Court upheld the law due to the state’s dramatic history of corruption, but the Supreme Court's ruling today rejected that decision, arguing that “independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” Critics, however, say all available evidence -- especially in the aftermath of the 2010 Citizens United decision -- suggests such arguments are absurd and say today's decision only strengthens the role of corporate money and independent wealth while weakening the ability of lawmakers and citizens who might try to temper the amount of corporate money that is now flooding into state-level campaigns.

 

In a dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer -- who was joined by Justice Ruth Ginsburg in a desire that the high court hear the case -- wrote that "Montana's experience, like considerable experience elsewhere since the Court’s decision in Citizens United, casts grave doubts on the Court’s supposition that independent expenditures do not corrupt or appear to do so." [MORE]


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Liberal Talk Show Host: AG Eric Holder Should Be Fired

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Bill Press is a liberal radio show host with a syndicated show heard across the country, so, naturally, Press is also an Obama supporter. But even this Obama supporter thinks that it is time for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to be fired.
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Biden: Gun Control 'Will Pass Before the Year is Out' - Conservative Byte

Biden: Gun Control 'Will Pass Before the Year is Out' - Conservative Byte | Positively Political | Scoop.it
Biden: Gun Control 'Will Pass Before the Year is Out' (@NRA - Stay on Attack!
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President Obama: 'I've Got 99 Problems and now Jay-Z is One'

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"All I do is win!" Last night, President Obama's swag was on 100 as he stepped up to the podium to deliver his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and he ended up giving media that attended more than they bargained for.
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Awesome! with Brian Holler

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I'd like to thank everyone for their donations over the weekend. We're off and running! About a month to go for the campaign. You can support AWESOME! show for any amount! EVERY contribution helps. You can also help by sharing the campaign and Facebook page with your friends. Thank you!

 

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Daily Kos: Mitt Romney debates himself

Daily Kos: Mitt Romney debates himself | Positively Political | Scoop.it

The real Mitt Romney debates the fake Mitt Romney ... and they don't agree on anything.

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Clinton says Obama offers a better path forward for America - CNN.com

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Former President Bill Clinton tells the Democratic convention that President Barack Obama offers the nation a better path forward.
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'We Can’t Afford It': The Big Lie About Medicaid Expansion

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Citing deficit woes, at least six Republican governors say they won’t expand Medicaid. But closing tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthy would more than pay for the expansion.
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Censorship Twain

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Censorship, steaks and babies from Mr. Twain.

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GOP Lawmakers Divided On Keeping Obamacare's Young Adult Insurance Provision

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Congressional Republicans may not have been happy about the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, but many of their children probably are.

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11 Things the Wealthiest Americans Can Buy for the U.S.

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11 Things the Wealthiest Americans Can Buy for the U.S. (that most families can't afford for themselves!).
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Corporate Personhood and Politics Don’t Mix

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Excerpt from article by Debilyn Molineaux, Coffee Party USA

 

One point that no one seems to be making is that corporations were formed to be people organizing together as a group. Each of these individual people have the right of free speech, and now the entity has the right of free speech. In the arena of politics, this effectively doubles, triples or more the voice of every person who has enough money to buy more "free speech." If the media would provide "free advertising" to each entity or person who requested it, then we might actually have free speech in politics. Right now, it’s more of an auction atmosphere.

 

Additionally, not every person who organizes within a corporate entity is a citizen of the United States.  This allows foreign investors, who likely have profit motives, rather than civic investment motives, "free speech" rights in our electoral process. They may not get to vote in the election itself, but their influence will be felt, none the less.

 

I call for a return to sanity. Return corporations to their form as a legal entity, not a living one. Corporations (all types) should be able to conduct business as a group of individuals, but not speak as a person. Let the people within the corporation act as advocates for their corporate interests, and the same for all other special interests. Only people with a heartbeat, who are citizens of this country should be allowed to contribute to candidate campaigns, in a limited fashion. This way, the auction of our government to the highest bidder ends.

 

And SuperPACs? They simply must go. I’m sick of the ads and we could end world hunger with the money.

 

In the Coffee Party, the hope we see rests in new media.  What does all of this out-of-state and sometimes out-of-country money buy?  It buys media products: political advertisements, which are designed to work on a captive, passive consumer audience.  With the advent of social media, we don't have to be that passive.  We can create media products too, and, at a cost that most Americans can afford.  That's why we hope you'll join our Be the Media campaign.  Our next strategy call is Saturday at 3 pm ET (12 noon pacific)  — CLICK HERE to register.


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Handyman1948's comment, June 26, 2012 2:48 PM
Powerful corporations exert powerful influence on government. Powerful individuals corrupt democracy even when it is not intended to. The belief that power should reside in the public is the basis of democracy. Democracy is most powerful when the public make themselves heard.
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The Robin Hood Tax: A Powerful Antidote to Austerity

The Robin Hood Tax: A Powerful Antidote to Austerity | Positively Political | Scoop.it
The financial transaction tax (FTT), better known as the Robin Hood Tax, is a global tax on Wall Street speculation—and a good idea whose time has come.
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