Schumer & Van Hollen: Closing Loopholes in Citizens United Ruling
New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer and Maryland Democratic Representative Chris Van Hollen have submitted new legislation to Congress in an attempt to:
- close a loophole which allows foreign nationals to "participate" in US elections via their subsidiaries,
- force corporations to disclose their funding and advocacy activities.
- prevent government contractors from engaging in such activities.
- prevent companies that have not paid back bailout money from making direct advocacy expenditures.
Bill Moyers' Justice at Stake
In his PBS show, The Journal, January 29, 2010, Bill Moyers aired Justice at Stake, a three-way legal analysis of the January 21, 2010 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling on corporate financing of political elections.
Moyers' panelists Monica Youn and Zephyr Teachout said nobody expected the Supreme Court to make a decision on this scale because they were sitting to decide on a much narrower issue.
...there's a really substantial chance that a combination of this and what's happening in the financial sector are really going to lead to a populist revival like we haven't seen for 100 years. But it's going to require left working with right. It's not going to happen if it's just a left wing response, and it's not going to happen if it's just the tea parties.
Lobbyists Take Advantage of Citizens United Ruling
A month after the Citizens United ruling, corporations are considering how to take advantage of their new-found ability to advocate directly for federal candidates, as indicated in a memo drafted by K&L Gates, a top Washington lobbying firm."
Ralph Nader Reviews Citizens United Decision and weights in on the growing debate about who can and cannot fund US electoral candidates and what it means for democracy.