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Has Big Oil Bought Out the State of California?

By Dan Bacher Big Oil spent $266 million influencing California politics from 2005-2014 The biggest, most explosive story in California environmental politics is the capture of the regulatory apparatus by the regulated, but you wouldn’t know it if you rely on the mainstream media for your information. While corporate agribusiness, the timber industry, insurance companies, […]

August 10th

Occupy the Constitution: An amendment to ban corporate election cash (and end corporate personhood)

One of the unified themes that has emerged from the very disunified Occupy Wall Street movement: Preventing corporate cash from buying elections (and politicians). Now, Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL)  has introduced a Constitutional Amendment to do just that. Un-officially called the Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy (OCCUPIED) Amendment, it would […]

November 29th

Why we occupy: The Story of Citizens United – Why Democracy Only Works When 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.

October 15th