Category Archives: Corporate influence

Webinar on Money in Politics, Voting Rights, and the Environment

A webinar, “Lean to the Green,” produced by Friends of the Earth, addresses the twin problems of money in politics and voter suppression. The webinar is designed to recruit participants in the Democracy Awakening event scheduled to take place April 16–18 (Common … Continue reading

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“Let Us Now Praise Corporate Persons”

“Let Us Now Praise Corporate Persons” is the attention-getting title of a Washington Monthly  article by Kent Greenfield, a professor of law and Dean’s Research Scholar at Boston College Law School. The article’s sub-head gives the gist: Citizens United was a bad … Continue reading

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Corporate Political Influence: It’s Not Only About Money

Two articles in Washington Monthly’s current issue deal with another dimension of  corporate influence in Congress. In the first article, “A New Agenda for Political Reform,” authors Lee Drutman and Steven Teles detail how legislators and their staffs have become so outmatched in the … Continue reading

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An Unexpected and Welcome Ally Against Citizens United

U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham, South Carolina Republican, was asked on WMUR’s “Conversations with the Candidate” on April 10, 2015, “What specifically would you do to remove the influence of big money on politics?”   Sen. Graham, whom no one would call … Continue reading

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H.R. 20: the Government By the People Act

Introduced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman John Sarbanes (D, MD) with over 100 original cosponsors, this bill is the latest in a series of plans to offset the political influence purchased by big-money campaign contributors and “independent” … Continue reading

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Move To Amend (MTA) is coming to Austin.

Move To Amend will hold their 2013 Grassroots Democracy Convergence in Austin. When: October 11-13 (Friday evening; Saturday all day; and Sunday morning) Where: Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin 78702. What’s happening: There will be speakers and workshops on … Continue reading

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Groups in Austin building a coalition against ALEC

When:  Monday, August 5th at 7 PM Where: On the Austin City Hall Plaza What: Planning for a visual solidarity action. Action will tentatively take place under the Rotunda at the Texas State Capitol on Friday, August 9th at 1 PM. In … Continue reading

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Celebrate our success at Austin City Hall.

On January 17, 2013 the Austin City Council unanimously approved the Central Texans United To Amend (CTUTA) resolution calling for a Constitution Amendment ensuring that money is not speech and that the use of funds by artificial entities to influence … Continue reading

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Ending Corporate Rule with 9 Strategies

In the latest issue of Yes! Doug Pibel, its managing editor, wrote “9 Best Strategies to End Corporate Rule” to put people back in charge.  Here are his 9 strategies: Amend the constitution to end corporate personhood. Dive into grassroots campaigns. … Continue reading

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Anti-immigrant Law Pushed by Private Prison Industry

In a stunning article in In These Times on “Corporate Con Game: How the private prison industry helped shape Arizona’s anti-immigrant law”, Beau Hodai shines a bright light on the behind-the-scenes effort to write and pass Arizona’s S.B. 1070 – … Continue reading

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