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  •  Interesting. (2+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for linking me to your diary. This is good news that should have gotten more play.

    Would you mind putting into words what you think Citizens United DOES allow corporations that was not allowed before CU?

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:56:03 AM PDT

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    •  CU allows corporations to engage in political (1+ / 0-)
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      activity through third parties, rather than directly. This makes independent expenditures easier because the corporations just need to send checks. It also allows corporations, by using some specific types of entities as their pipeline, to fund independent expenditures without any disclosure thereby keep their political activity under the radar. That's why the Dems are so eager to pass something like the Disclose Act, to make certain that all corporate political activity is transparent.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:22:39 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed. (1+ / 0-)
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        So I come back to my point. The spirit of CU is that corporations have rights of personhood couched under "freedom of speech" that they did not have before to this extent, and I think it's correct to phrase it this way, regardless of the language of the decision.  

        Also, some states have quite strong transparency laws now, such as here in Minnesota. But yes, there is definitely the need for this to be a federal/national goal as opposed to up to the states, imo.

        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 12:53:47 PM PDT

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