Supreme Court strikes down US limits on overall contributions to candidates, parties...

Apr 2, 2014 Full story: Nanaimo Daily News 30

The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in U.S. law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees.

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Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#1 Apr 2, 2014
The best election money can buy !!

Biggest mistake was when Supreme Court gave corporations the free same speech right (in the form of money) as human beings.

And we wonder why our government is OWNED by BIG MONEY, and no longer is working towards the interests of its own citizens!
Sgt Common Sense

Denver, CO

#2 Apr 2, 2014
Well thank God the Republican majority on the Supreme Court ruled this way. Now multi-national corporations and billionaires will no longer have to hide the fact that they own Congresspersons or Senators; they can do it legally and openly the way the framers wanted.
Bill

Wyandanch, NY

#3 Apr 2, 2014
Eleanor wrote:
The best election money can buy !!
Biggest mistake was when Supreme Court gave corporations the free same speech right (in the form of money) as human beings.
And we wonder why our government is OWNED by BIG MONEY, and no longer is working towards the interests of its own citizens!
Corporations like the New York Times and NBC right? Why do they have the right to free speech? What about Unions? They are allowed to advertise. How is this different?

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

usa

#4 Apr 2, 2014
Sgt Common Sense wrote:
Well thank God the Republican majority on the Supreme Court ruled this way. Now multi-national corporations and billionaires will no longer have to hide the fact that they own Congresspersons or Senators; they can do it legally and openly the way the framers wanted.
considering the top 10 contributors gave to democrats the past 6 years, I would've figured you would like this rule...
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#5 Apr 2, 2014
Bill wrote:
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Corporations like the New York Times and NBC right? Why do they have the right to free speech? What about Unions? They are allowed to advertise. How is this different?
Because people live and breath and eventually die. The government exists BECAUSE of people.

Corporations are not human and can be in existence for generations and generations to come. They can 'out-buy' and overly control a government to suit the needs of the corporations, to the EXCLUSION of the needs of the people.

The voice of the people is squashed by the obcene amount of MONEY being funneled into campaign election funds by corporate entities (both national AND multi-national corporations).

Certainly corporations can 'self-promote' themselves.

But when their profits are being used to BUY favorable legislation that the ordinary citizen cannot even compete with, the voice of the people becomes SECONDARY to the 'financial voice' of the non-human corporate entity.

The government then no longer belongs to the people. The government then belongs to big business.
Bill

Wyandanch, NY

#6 Apr 2, 2014
Eleanor wrote:
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Because people live and breath and eventually die. The government exists BECAUSE of people.
Corporations are not human and can be in existence for generations and generations to come. They can 'out-buy' and overly control a government to suit the needs of the corporations, to the EXCLUSION of the needs of the people.
The voice of the people is squashed by the obcene amount of MONEY being funneled into campaign election funds by corporate entities (both national AND multi-national corporations).
Certainly corporations can 'self-promote' themselves.
But when their profits are being used to BUY favorable legislation that the ordinary citizen cannot even compete with, the voice of the people becomes SECONDARY to the 'financial voice' of the non-human corporate entity.
The government then no longer belongs to the people. The government then belongs to big business.
Government exists because of people. Corporations exist because of people.
The government can and will be in existence for generations and generations to come.
The government can overtly control the corporations through fines and or taxes to the exclusion of the needs of the people.

You seem to make a distinction between a group of people in a corporation (which you seem to view as malicious) and a group of people employed by the government (which you seem to view as benign). They are both made up of people then how are they different? If one is buying out the other how are they both not corrupt?

Individuals don't lose their right to free speech just because they pool their resources together.
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#7 Apr 2, 2014
Bill wrote:
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Government exists because of people. Corporations exist because of people.
The government can and will be in existence for generations and generations to come.
The government can overtly control the corporations through fines and or taxes to the exclusion of the needs of the people.
You seem to make a distinction between a group of people in a corporation (which you seem to view as malicious) and a group of people employed by the government (which you seem to view as benign). They are both made up of people then how are they different? If one is buying out the other how are they both not corrupt?
Individuals don't lose their right to free speech just because they pool their resources together.
And when the people are dying from FDA approved drugs (or partially hydronated oils) and GMO food (or antibiotics in milk) that were HEAVILY POLITICALLY financed by corporations, corporations won't mind much, as long as there are some people left to be their slave labor.

Please explain how Congress can overtly control corporation through fines and/or taxes WHEN the Corporations BOUGHT, OWN and control Congress.

Congress IS in the POCKET of corporate America (and maybe multi-national corporations, too).

But toss in your $500 to a political campaign and see how much influence that will 'buy' you in Congress.
Bill

Wyandanch, NY

#8 Apr 2, 2014
Eleanor wrote:
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And when the people are dying from FDA approved drugs (or partially hydronated oils) and GMO food (or antibiotics in milk) that were HEAVILY POLITICALLY financed by corporations, corporations won't mind much, as long as there are some people left to be their slave labor.
Please explain how Congress can overtly control corporation through fines and/or taxes WHEN the Corporations BOUGHT, OWN and control Congress.
Congress IS in the POCKET of corporate America (and maybe multi-national corporations, too).
But toss in your $500 to a political campaign and see how much influence that will 'buy' you in Congress.
There are examples of cronyism in the oldest records of history. It's not always corporations. Political favors and nepotism happen all the time. You may as well complain that water is wet.

If Congress is owned by corporations then why hasn't the Keystone pipeline been built? Why are the politicians still holding up fracking and drilling on federal lands? Those companies have billions yet they haven't been able to push those things through.

Assuming corporations were not allowed to influence politics then you would complain that rich people would "own" congress. One of the reasons for these political action groups is so individuals could donate to groups that are supporting their cause. By pooling their money their voice is more likely to be heard.

“Liberals are stuck on stupid!”

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#9 Apr 2, 2014
NONE of you dumb SOB's complain about Unions!

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#10 Apr 2, 2014
So it all comes down to which candidate can get the backing of the richest people.

The GOPasaurs may have just bought themselves a new president for 2016.
lamer

Piqua, OH

#11 Apr 2, 2014
Most pro corporate supreme court the USA has ever had.
lamer

Piqua, OH

#12 Apr 2, 2014
WeTheSheeple wrote:
So it all comes down to which candidate can get the backing of the richest people.
The GOPasaurs may have just bought themselves a new president for 2016.
You should really watch the ted talk about money in election and lesterville. I know you will like it
lamer

Piqua, OH

#13 Apr 2, 2014
So are we going to see a drop in super pacs now they dont have to funnel all that money to them instead of the candidate to get around these silly laws?

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#14 Apr 2, 2014
WeTheSheeple wrote:
So it all comes down to which candidate can get the backing of the richest people.
The GOPasaurs may have just bought themselves a new president for 2016.
Have a little confidence in your peeps, Billary is a no brainer.
radiofreeamerica

Tarpon Springs, FL

#15 Apr 2, 2014
I dont know what the left is worried about.They got NBC,CBS,ABC,CNN,MSNBC,-the obama news media-all trumpeting the cause of liberalism/socialism -and they do so for free every night on their broadcasts-no charge to the democrat party.The obama media just does this for nothing because the media supports the left.In addition to that the left has the New York Times,Washington Post-you name it-most of the major big city print media on their side.Also there are a variety of multi billionaires/millionaires such as Soros that support the left-wing.In FL. recently in a special election to replace the dearly departed Congressman Youngs seat in the St.Petersburg area the democrat candidate outspent the Republican by a margin of $4 to $1-and the Republican won anyways.It doesn*t look like the left is about to run out of money.

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

usa

#16 Apr 2, 2014
WeTheSheeple wrote:
So it all comes down to which candidate can get the backing of the richest people.
The GOPasaurs may have just bought themselves a new president for 2016.
worked for you douchebags in 2008 and 2012
April Fu

Noblesville, IN

#17 Apr 2, 2014
United Sale of Americorp! ;-00
April Fu

Noblesville, IN

#18 Apr 2, 2014
RustyS wrote:
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Have a little confidence in your peeps, Billary is a no brainer.
U thinking Dr. Bo will pastor down to Billarycare in 16 & 19 wil bee done Medicake? then 2020 the cheesecake facture wil be done of 401k?;)

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#19 Apr 3, 2014
carey529 wrote:
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worked for you douchebags in 2008 and 2012
Maybe so, but now they don't even have to pretend it's a free election.

Why don't they just buy the electors directly? That way we can save all the taxpayer money having elections.
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#20 Apr 3, 2014
Even before this ruling, the election to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr.(Illinois) was bought and paid for by Bloomberg's PAC.

It just doesn't seem right that someone from OUTSIDE the area can dump boatloads of money to promote THEIR AGENDA and influence a local election.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-02-15...

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