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Citizens United v. FEC
  • Can Corporations Be Carpool Buddies?

    The answer to this question depends on the outcome of a traffic court hearing set to take place today in Marin County, California.

    When San Rafael resident Jonathan Frieman was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer for driving solo in the high-occupancy lane, Frieman claimed he wasn't alone: sitting in the passenger seat were the incorporation papers of Frieman's non-profit.

    If corporations are people, Frieman explained to the officer (who probably has to deal with wackier theories from Bay Area drivers on a weekly basis), then he had two people in the car and was within his rights to use the carpool lane.

    Frieman wasn't just trying to avoid a traffic ticket. He wants to upend corporate personhood.

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    Tags: California, Cars & Vehicles, Citizens United v. FEC, Corporations
  • John Oliver on the Difference Between U.S. and U.K. Elections

    Also, the magic that is/was Herman Cain, thoughts on the new season of his Comedy Central stand-up series, and a solemn promise concerning the upcoming Daily Show coverage of the RNC and DNC conventions…

    "Listen, I'm not saying the British democracy is the perfect democracy either. It is also completely screwed up, but in a different way. And we at the very least spend less money and less time doing it. We have our entire campaign season over about five weeks. So, there has to be a happy medium between five weeks and one-and-a-half years." – John Oliver

    John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show airs Friday nights at 11/10c.

    (via HuffPo Comedy)

    Tags: Citizens United v. FEC, Herman Cain, John Oliver, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, Money, The Daily Show, United Kingdom
  • Mitch McConnell on SCOTUS Reaffirming "Citizens United vs. FEC"

    Mitch McConnellIn addition to ruling on Arizona's immigration laws, the Supreme Court announced that it would not be re-visiting its 2010 Citizens United vs. FEC decision which gave corporations unlimited "free speech" in U.S. politics via campaign contributions.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who had some very thought-provoking, non-super-disingenuous points to make about this "important victory for freedom of speech"…

    There has been "only minimal corporate involvement in the 2012 election cycle," McConnell wrote in the statement and in a brief filed in support of the group seeking to toss out Montana's corporate political spending ban.

    Citing Federal Election Commission records, McConnell said "not one Fortune 100 company contributed a cent to any of the eight Republican super-PACs" as of the end of March.

    Those committees are required to report donors; many nonprofit groups that also spend money in elections may keep their donors secret.

    Check and mate, liberals! "Not one Fortune 100 company contributed a cent to any of the eight Republican super-PACs" all through the Republican primaries. So, we can assume that the same would hold true through the general elections in which a rabidly business-centric Republican was fighting to unseat a Democratic president. Because those two things are exactly the same.

    And, just to set the record straight, let's take a look at the kind of non-corporation that is contributing to to the presidential Super PACs. Just to pull a name of of the proverbial hat, let's say… Sheldon Adelson, who's planning to contribute up to $100 million to Mitt Romney's campaign. Now, he's not a corporation, is he? No! He's a person. A person who runs a corporation, owns several business and has derived his massive wealth from corporations.

    Totally, totally different.

    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Citizens United v. FEC, Corporations, Mitch McConnell, Money, Senate, Sheldon Adelson, Supreme Court
  • Mitt Romney Will Bury Barack Obama Under a Gigantic Pile of Money

    Mitt Romney isn't the most charismatic candidate. Or the coolest. Or the most relatable.

    But what he does have is an enormous mountains of cash — huge piles of ever-growing campaign donations from wealthy friends to whom he has promised lower taxes after he's in office and undeclared SuperPAC stockpiles of contributions from billionaires seeking to parlay their vast fortunes into political power.

    If there were only some way to use all that that as a substitute for having an actual campaign strategy. Hmmmmmm… If only

    "It’s just like the Cold War. They’re going to force Obama to spend himself into oblivion — while trying to peel off constituencies like the Eastern Bloc," said a Democratic strategist, citing lingering vulnerability with blue collar workers and potential Republican gains with hispanics. "The only question is which [constituency] will be the first domino."

    As the Obama campaign launches multi-million dollar TV blitzes to shore up support in left-leaning states, Romney and his conservative allies continue to fill their war chests.

    "There's no way they'll be able to keep up. Our SuperPACs are our Star Wars, if you will," said a Republican operative close to the Romney campaign.

    It's about time rich people finally get a champion. They've suffered so long, this is way overdue.

    Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, Citizens United v. FEC, Mitt Romney, Money, Super PACs
  • Sheldon Adelson to Donate All the Money in the World to Romney

    Remember that sack of money with eyeballs that single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich's campaign afloat for months after everybody else gave up on him? Well, his name was Sheldon Adelson, and he's been mourning the death of the impoverished "middle-class" candidate's primary campaign by sinking $10 million into Mitt Romney's general election campaign. (From what I understand, that helps.)

    Oh, wait. You think that's a lot? $10 million? That's just the part of the iceberg that sticks out above the water that makes you think it's the whole thing but is really just one tiny little fraction of it. What's it called? Oh, right, the $10 million of the iceberg

    Adelson, who has built Las Vegas Sands into an global casino empire, will do "whatever it takes" to defeat Obama, this source says. And given that Adelson is worth $24.9 billion–and told Forbes in a recent rare interview about his political giving that he had been willing to donate as much as $100 million to his initial presidential preference, Newt Gingrich–that "limitless" description telegraphs potential nine-digit support of Romney.

    Adelson, this source continues, believes that "no price is too high" to protect the U.S. from what he sees as Obama’s "socialization" of America, as well as securing the safety of Israel. He added that Adelson, 78, considers this to be the most important election of his lifetime.

    Thank god we have patriotic billionaires around to donate massive amounts of money to campaigns of their choosing and save us from Obama's "socialization" of America. Can you imagine how heartbreaking it would be to see any one person with undue power tipping the scales to undermine the basic tenets of democracy?

    Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, Citizens United v. FEC, Mitt Romney, Money, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Sheldon Adelson