Browsing the "Citizens United" Tag

Are Occupy Wall Street’s tents free speech? NYC Mayor Bloomberg says no.

October 18th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

What is free speech? According to the Supreme Court, money that corporations spend to influence elections is free speech, and cannot be limited. But it seems a lot of our officials think it's perfectly OK to place limits on free speech when it comes to the 99 percent. And last time I checked, city ordinances don't trump the Constitution.

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

October 15th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

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

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