Occupy Wall Street The story of citizens united vs FEC, or Democracy only works when the people are in charge

Published on October 15th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

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Why we occupy: The Story of Citizens United – Why Democracy Only Works When People Are In Charge

The story of citizens united vs FEC, or Democracy only works when the people are in charge

One thing keeps cropping up as people talk about Occupy Wall Street and  why they’re so angry: Corporations have complete dominance of the political process.  Thanks to the Supreme Court overturning 90 years of precedent and tossing out all restrictions on corporate political contributions, they can now spend unlimited amounts of money to elect or defeat any politician they choose.

Didn’t know that corporate campaign spending had been turned into a giant free-for-all? That was the Citizens United decision, which changed our political system in huge ways, and it’s why a lot of us are going out today and marching for a society in which people have as much say as corporations.

The folks who brought us “The Story of Stuff” have put together this sweet video that tells “The Story of Citizens United – Why Democracy Only Works When People Are In Charge”. Share it with all your friends – they’ll be shocked!

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4 Responses to Why we occupy: The Story of Citizens United – Why Democracy Only Works When People Are In Charge

  1. Kak says:

    Good try!! Unfortunately, your argument is with the wrong side. This has more to do with people either not researching a candidate, relying on obviously biased advertising (much like your “Support” green jobs agenda), or people flat out NOT voting. When polls show only 40% of the OWC protesters voted in recent elections that is the problem, not the corporations. When people start truly caring about the direction of their country, and not more entitlements for themselves (without working) then corp’s won’t see the value in wasting their money. You might start by ending the George Soros’ funding your little movement??

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  3. rin1 says:

    http://knockknockrevolution.tumblr.com/post/11573860774/why-occupy-wall-street-flyers – help convince people to become occupiers by using these talking points!

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