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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:00 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Corporations Are Not People and They Shouldn't Be Allowed to Buy Our Elections

AlterNet / BySen. Bernie Sanders
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Corporations Are Not People and They Shouldn't Be Allowed to Buy Our Elections
Bottom line: Corporations should not be able to go into their treasuries and spend millions and millions of dollars on a campaign in order to buy elections.
December 9, 2011 |
http://www.alternet.org/news/153391/sen._bernie_sanders%3A_corporations_are_not_people_and_they_shouldn%27t_be_allowed_to_buy_our_elections

The Constitution of this country has served us well, but when the Supreme Court says that attempts by the federal government and states to impose reasonable restrictions on campaign ads are unconstitutional, our democracy is in grave danger. That is why I have introduced a resolution in the Senate calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

I did not do this lightly. In fact, I had never done it before. The U.S. constitution is an extraordinary document. In my view, it should not be amended often. In light of the Supreme Court's infamous 5-to-4 decision in the Citizens United case, however, I saw no alternative.

I strongly disagree with the ruling. In my view, a corporation is not a person. A corporation does not have First Amendment rights to spend as much money as it wants, without disclosure, on a political campaign.

Corporations should not be able to go into their treasuries and spend millions and millions of dollars on a campaign in order to buy elections.

The ruling has radically changed the nature of our democracy. It has further tilted the balance of the power toward the rich and the powerful at a time when the wealthiest people in this country already never had it so good. History will record that the Citizens United decision is one of the worst in the history of our country.

At a time when corporations have more than $2 trillion in cash in their bank accounts and are making record-breaking profits, the American people should be concerned when the Supreme Court says that these corporations have a constitutionally-protected right to spend shareholders' money to dominate an election as if they were real, live persons. If we do not reverse this decision, there will be no end to the impact that corporate interests can have on our campaigns and our democracy.

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Bogart Dec 2011 #1
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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:15 PM

1. I'm not worried about them buying elections...

 

The corruption occurs when they buy the elected.

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Response to Bogart (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 09:59 PM

5. Once they buy the elections...

the elected are already bought.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:55 PM

2. Thanks, Bernie..One of the very few I trust.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:58 PM

3. No, only very rich individuals should be allowed to buy our elections....

 

... or at least that's what I infer he wants from Bernie's proposal. It doesn't get the money out of elections.

Bernie's proposal calls on Congress to address the rich individuals. Yeah, that'll work.


It also doesn't get the electronic systems out of our elections.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 08:57 PM

4. They have already bought all the pols, they are in the process now of buying up everything! -eom

 

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 10:10 PM

6. ..

 

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Thu Feb 2, 2012, 11:14 PM

7. K&R....n/t

 

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