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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Get the big money out of our politics

While I believe corporations should have a way to stand up for their interests, what the policy decisions of the last 30 years have resulted in is a situation where corporate money is seemingly behind every decision that is made, to the benefit of large corporations and the ultra-rich and against the middle class.
Are you tired of being robbed? Then get involved.
I strongly encourage you to read the article at this link at Huffington Post and to watch the video below. Let's see if that doesn't fire you up.

I would also strongly urge you to go to their website and get involved. You can sign the petition here as well.


deb said...

I've been out of the States for so long... what are the laws around political donations by corporations? Are there limits? Can a political party spend as much as they want on

In New Zealand (and I do realise we are much much smaller), no party is allowed to spend more than $1 million dollars on an election campaign. Also, political donations over $15,000 have to be declared by the party.

So I guess that limits the amount of influence that corporations can have, and also makes things quite transparent.

Does the United States do anything like this?

deb said...

Oops that first paragraph should end with "Can a political party spend as much as they want on an election campaign?"

Zebster said...

Basically yes and yes but you'd have to read up on the recent Supreme Court decision Citizens United, which basically determined for the first time ever that corporations are people.
A great protest sign I've been seeing, "I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one."

Carolyn said...

I am stealing that Texas comment.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that Texas comment.

That Citizens United case never should have given corporations the same rights as a human being. I still hate SCOTUS for that.