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Posted on Apr 29, 2010
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Big smile, Chuck: Sen. Schumer is taking on big corporations with his new legislation.

Sen. Charles Schumer is looking to put a check on corporate campaign financing, contesting the notion—promoted by the Supreme Court earlier this year—that big corporations have a constitutional right to spend unlimited amounts on political campaigns. In retaliation against the ruling, Schumer is introducing legislation that would call for transparency when it comes to corporate funding for political causes. President Barack Obama, as foreshadowed by his State of the Union speech’s disapproving aside about the Supreme Court’s decision, endorses Schumer’s plan.  —KA

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Schumer, who is spearheading the legislative counterattack with House Democrat Chris Van Hollen, said the Supreme Court stacked the deck against average Americans and predicted its ruling would be a factor in President Barack Obama’s upcoming choice for the Supreme Court.

New measures would require corporations, unions and other groups to disclose their financial roles in political advertising campaigns.

“This legislation will stop the funneling of big money through shadow groups in order to fund ads that are virtually anonymous,” Schumer said. “We will, for the first time, follow the money.”

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By MarthaA, May 1, 2010 at 6:56 am Link to this comment

gerard, April 29 at 11:26 pm,

You are right——cooperation to appease conservatives and Republicans is not what Congress needs to do.  The Conservative EXTREMIST Movement is trying to gain total control of the government and will in no way be appeased.

Cooperation and appeasement will NOT work any more than it did for England’s Neville Chamberlain with Hitler.  These Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, FOX News Network, Freedom Works, Grassfire.org, ResistNet, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Dick Armey, Karl Rove, Bill Kristol, Dick Cheney, Grover Norquist type Right-Wingers led by Rupert Murdoch and his ilk to name only a few, have a plan to drown the governments Constitutional promotion of the general welfare of the populace in the bathtub and in no way short of death will be appeased. 

The above mentioned conservative sociopaths through their abhorrent lies and propaganda use the media for smearing, slurring, traducing, maligning, denigrating, accusing and denouncing anything at all that will keep strife stirred up all the time as a means to push their New World Order Plan through by hook or by crook—nothing barred.

The Conservative Right-Wing EXTREMISTS leading the above pack will do whatever it takes to destroy the unions of the populace, socialism for the populace, liberals, community, socialists, progressives and President Obama, who came from the liberal side of the political spectrum, while they are living off of and benefiting from socialism like mistletoe on a tree, a parasite.

These Right-Wing EXTREMISTS corporations are practicing socialism for the wealthy and capitalism for the populace, which is not promotion of the general welfare as indicated in the Constitution of the United States. 

The above mentioned few of these Right-Wing EXTREMISTS only regard the Constitution as a piece of paper without meaning.  It is time for the populace and all progressives and liberals of the populace to understand that there is no appeasement and cooperation with those trying to destroy you, as all cooperation and appeasement only jeopardizes the populace further.

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By gerard, April 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment
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MarthaA, the point I failed to make clearly was to point up the sheer, unadulterated, peevish obstructionism now seen among Republican officials—a “We won’t let you do that even though we agree that it is a good thing”. Stubborn resistance with no viable alternative offered. An echo that reminds me of the blind and ineffective psychology of “Just Say No!” according to Bush and the inane “drug wars.”

When you are dealing with this kind of tactic, IMO it is best to stop trying to get any show of “bi-partisanship” because you are just offering a lamb to the slaughter, so to speak.  Better to call it what it is, expose it, and move ahead on your own moral force.  Cooperation cannot be forced and should not be bought, especially when the price is integrity.  Everybody knows this, so excuse my yammering away on such a tired subject.

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By MarthaA, April 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

gerard, April 29 at 4:21 pm,

What does it matter?  All representation by Republicans is subjective anyway, and as long as the Republican Party represents the GOP, there can be no change in their subjective representation of the populace, but on the other hand, the Democratic Party can be made by the populace to represent the populace, if the populace will register and converge on the Democratic Party—change in the Democratic Party can be made by the majority populace, but there is no hope for the populace within the Republican Party.

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By FatCat, April 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment
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Typical Dem.  Notice very carefully that he’s not pushing any measure that would make illegal these corporate contributions.  Instead, he just wants ‘transparency’.

Schumer is the chief fundraiser for the Senate Democrats.  You know, those folks that have all the money from wall street and the big health insurance and hospital corps falling out of their overstuffed pockets.  Schumer knows all about corporate money in politics because he’s the one who deposits the checks.

Interesting that the Dems named him the ‘spearhead’ on this issue.  And again, notice very carefully that the Dems aren’t proposing anything to get corporate money out of politics. 

Instead, they are running the BS ‘transparency’ con on this issue.

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By gerard, April 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment
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This bill, or something like it, is absolutely essential.  The fact that elections can be bought with money from corporations and wealthy individuals is fundamentally unfair and immoral. Preventing elections and elected officials from being a market commodity is a requirement for democracy to function.
  However, when we have a Republican Party so opposed to anything the Democratic Party does, so determined to defeat Democrats in upcoming elections, it is entirely possible that Republicans (who actually know better)  will vote against their own principles, and against the public interest, simply to deny a Democratic success.

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By felicity, April 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment

So, corporations are ‘persons’, or so says the Court.  Well, we ‘persons’ out here, as ‘persons,’ have responsibilities.  Like, we enjoy the freedom to speak but with it we have the responsibility of not shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded auditorium. As a ‘person’ I am free to vote which includes my responsibility to do so.

As far as I can tell, corporations have no responsilities - to society, the country, the citizens, their communities, their schools, their employees, their…they only have to keep their profits as close to the poison line as possible.

The Court’s recent ruling has given corporations yet another freedom while guaranteeing that they will continue to exercise, unimpeded, their license to behave irresponsibly. It’s time to impose retroactive term limits on the Brotherhood.

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