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Koch Bros – It’s the Evil Thing


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Corporatists Own You. #OccupyWallStreet #SEP17 #MarchOnWashington #Oct06


Corporatists own you.
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Discovered Capitalism Is The Crisis (Full Movie) via LikeTheDew
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Corporatists vs. Capitalists

Noam Chomsky- Left Wing & Right Wing Corporatism
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Jesse Ventura “These 2 Parties Have Created A Corrupt System Based Upon Panhandling & Bribery!” #MarchOnWashington #OCT06


Jesse Ventura “These 2 Parties Have Created A Corrupt System Based Upon Panhandling & Bribery!”

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In My Email: Politicians vs. Corporations?


Public Citizen
Hello,

Corporate money is flowing to congressional candidates who, if victorious in November, will put the big profits of big business before the interests of living, breathing people.

But dozens of candidates from across the political spectrum are challenging this corporate onslaught by taking the Pledge to Protect America’s Democracy. Signers pledge to support if elected a constitutional amendment to prevent corporate control of elections.

Go to PledgeForDemocracy.org to find out if congressional candidates in your district have taken the pledge. If they haven’t, please urge them to do so.

The Supreme Court’s flawed decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission allows corporations to spend as much as they want to influence elections. The vast wealth of corporations threatens to drown out the voices of individual citizens.

Corporations are not people. They do not vote, and they should not be allowed to have such an overwhelming influence on elections. It’s time to act.

Tell congressional candidates in your area to pledge to undo the disastrous Citizens United v. FEC decision.

Candidates competing in races from Alaska to Florida already have taken the pledge. They understand that the choice is clear: We can have democracy – rule by the people – or we can have corporate domination. We can’t have both.

This fall, let’s make candidates say on record that they will stand for We, the People.

At PledgeForDemocracy.org, become a citizen co-sponsor of the pledge, then urge candidates seeking election near you to take the pledge.

Rick Claypool
Public Citizen’s Online Action Team
action@citizen.org

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In my email: Between now and November, millions of dollars will be spent on ads trying to influence your vote.


Public Citizen

Dale,

Between now and November, millions of dollars will be spent on ads trying to influence your vote.

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Stand up to corporate front groups!


Corporate front groups that run political ads are growing in size and influence, but their secret funders remain in the shadows.

Tell your representative to pass the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175) in the U.S. House. The American people should know who is trying to influence their vote.

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision rewrote the nation’s campaign finance laws to allow unlimited corporate spending in elections. When it comes to corporate front groups running deceptive political ads, this election season is likely to be the worst ever.

Most corporations would prefer to funnel their millions in political spending through front groups with innocuous-sounding names. But the DISCLOSE Act would require an ad’s top donors to appear in the ad so the people know exactly who is funding the political message.

Take action for the DISCLOSE Act today. Let the people see who is spending money to influence their votes and how much they’re spending.

This legislation also places new restrictions on political ads by government contractors. Companies who do  business with the government who are trying to influence elections have a huge conflict of interest. Taxpayer money should not be wasted on political ads.

It also would close the loophole opened by the Citizens United decision that allows foreign entities to influence U.S. elections. Multinational corporations have no place in U.S. electoral politics.

Send an email to your members of Congress using the simple form on our Web site. Tell them that political spending by corporate front groups should come out of the shadows.

Thanks for all you do.

Rick
Public Citizen’s Online Action Team
action@citizen.org

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P.S. Despite the special-interest lobbying that created loopholes for some large membership organizations like the NRA and Sierra Club, the DISCLOSE Act still contains the most thorough disclosure requirements ever. Learn more in a recent blog post by Craig Holman, Public Citizen’s government affairs lobbyist.

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Open Letter to Congress (or how to end fascism) #FYW


Open Letter to Congress (or how to end fascism)

The financial crisis in this country existed for the working poor long before it hit the people in the suburbs. When the same issues that effected the working poor started to effect the suburbs, then the GOP became concerned.  Their concern centers around stopping attempts to help the working poor which are now disproportionately no longer working and have less than the nothing that they had while they were working. Somehow for the GOP, the upper middle class, who pay actually a smaller proportion of their income in taxes than the working poor, have more of a vote.  Clearly Congress does think that we vote with our dollars because they seem to only listen when a lobbyist bellies up to the bar with a suitcase full of money.  I say this with a bit a reservation because the having of things, mostly due the manufactured need of corporate interests, is the bigger problem and independent of any current party that appears to be in the majority or what agenda they espouse. So Congress is just reflecting the values of the people it purports to represent.  I just happen to think this is more true of the GOP.

I would certainly say to the party of NO that the Democrats are indeed debating all the wrong issues first.  The first issues that I would be fighting from now until elections are those that effect the Congress’s personal pocket book.  I would be fighting for election reform that limited terms, allowed only public funding for campaigns along the lines of the UK and created laws ensuring that that they could never obtain personal gain from their unique position from other than their salary while running, during or after their limited term in Congress. I submit that a major real push in this area would change a lot of bluster that is being voiced on the other important issues on which a show of reform is being played out, but will never really happen no matter what appears to be passing in Congress.

Once this real economic debate of election reform was accomplished, then I would expect that Democrats would start acting like Democrats and the GOP would have some real issues to argue about.  This would be because the next logical move for Democrats is to then propose laws to achieve real regulatory reform in all the alphabet soup agencies in Washington by barring the revolving door regulators from private industry nullifying every regulation enacted. This is only real way to have a safe, healthy, sustainable environment and true health care reform that will not bust the budget. However, as long as there is money to be made by making a big show of reform, but leaving the profitable loopholes, then that is all that will be done in Washington until they allow the country (but not the legislators or Wall Street) to go bankrupt. Short of this their is no good faith effort being shown by either party on any issue.

I suppose Republican and Democrats will just go on calling each other corporatists, read fascists, while they each pocket corporate money until some viable alternative parties reveal the real truth, show a viable alternative and come to power. The best options I see are a Progressive opposing a Libertarian party. They both express equal disdain for the ties of government to the corporation from opposite points of view. Most people would be willing consider these opposing views when they are informed by facts and expressed rationally, but slogans used by  doubleplusgood duckspeakers of the current body politic just can no longer pass muster with an informed electorate.

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