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Received this e-mail today from Rep, Bruce Braley (D. IA) who is running for Senator Tom Harkin's (D. IA) seat:
The 2010 Citizens United decision was a huge blow to our campaign finance system. It unleashed a firestorm of special interest spending in our elections: including nearly $625,000 right here in Iowa.

But there’s an even scarier storm brewing.

It’s a court case called McCutcheon vs. the FEC, and it would allow right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers to saturate our federal election system with even more cash.

Friend -- the middle class deserves to have their voices heard, not to be overwhelmed by millions of dollars in ads from special interests. Add your voice to mine and sign the petition to stop a tidal wave of money from flowing into our election system:

http://www.brucebraley.com/...

We need more transparency and accountability in our election system. And we’re never going to get that if the voices of the middle class are buried under even more spending in our elections.

Citizens United was a giant leap backward for the common sense campaign finance safeguards that have protected the voices of Iowa families for years. McCutcheon could do even more damage.

This is our chance to make perfectly clear that our grassroots network stands 100% opposed to Citizens United, McCutcheon, and any other attempts to wash away campaign finance safeguards.

Stand with me -- sign the petition right now:

http://www.brucebraley.com/...

Thanks for all your help,

Bruce

You can click here to ad your name:

http://www.brucebraley.com/...

Originally posted to pdc on Sun Oct 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party and In Support of Labor and Unions.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Sun Oct 27, 2013 at 10:00:46 AM PDT

  •  Spending $$$ on city elections (1+ / 0-)
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    They are even delving into city politics, that's how much $$$ these guys have

    You're either for spying on American citizens or you are not.

    by CVDem on Sun Oct 27, 2013 at 11:08:07 AM PDT

  •  Add to that, buying Justice (1+ / 0-)
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    thomask

    as reported by the Brennan Center who posted a collaborative report The new politics of Judicial Elections, 2000-2009.

    Among the report’s key findings:

    Non-candidate groups (including political parties) pumped in 43 percent of all funds spent on state high court elections ($24.1 million out of $56.4 million in 2011-12), compared to 22 percent ($12.8 million) in the last presidential election cycle. Super PACs and other outside groups funneled big spending into some state judicial elections for the first time.

    Thirty-five percent of all funds spent on state high court races, or $19.6 million, came from just 10 deep-pocketed special interest groups and political parties, compared to $12.3 million, or 21 percent, coming from the top 10 “super spenders” in 2007-08.

    A record $33.7 million was spent on Supreme Court campaign TV ads, far exceeding the previous record of $26.6 million in 2007-08. Negative TV ads aired in at least 10 states.

    National politics invaded judicial races in 2011-12. In Iowa, TV ads referenced marriage equality; in Florida, the federal Affordable Care Act; and in Wisconsin, collective bargaining rights.

    So not only are private entities buying local politics, they are also buying Justice.  

    Here in TX, there was recent news that a Judge switched from GOP to Dem.  Comments were justice is supposed to be exempt from politics.   It appears that we have an answer to that lament and it is NO!

    The entire report is here:  http://newpoliticsreport.org/

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