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  •  I cannot fathom why anyone would (0+ / 0-)

    bother to amend the US Constitution to close the Citizens United loophole but exempt non-profits (except labor unions!!!) from the new restrictions. American Crossroads, anyone???

    •  First Amendment conflict (0+ / 0-)

      Many non-profits exist solely to influence policy, and that's okay. Freedom of speech and freedom to peaceably assemble should be sacrosanct, even if the speech is over the internet and even if the assembly is virtual, in cyberspace.

      The difference with for-profit corporations is that they have a fiduciary responsibility to make a profit, and that's it. They're not organized for any other purpose. Letting them use their influence in the political realm, when all they care about is profit, is the essence of corruption. They're supposed to be regulated by the interstate commerce clause, and there's a reason citizens are given rights, and corporations are given regulations.

      The individuals who own the corporations may as citizens say what they want to so or donate according to their wishes. But the notion of a corporation as being endowed with civil rights is idiotic. James Madison spun in his grave the day the boneheads on the Supreme Court came up with the Citizens United decision.

      The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

      by Korkenzieher on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 10:18:31 AM PST

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