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Money Talking: How Pro-Business Is Today's Supreme Court?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Next week, the Supreme Court will decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, which attempts to reorganize one fifth of the U.S. economy.

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Opinion: How Should Progressives Handle Wisconsin Loss? Take Cues from GOP

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Even when they lose a race, conservatives get right back to promoting the ideas their losing candidate ran on. Progressives should do the same post-Wisconsin.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Eric Schneiderman Takes on Citizens United

Monday, May 21, 2012

Eric Schneiderman, New York State attorney general discusses his support of a Montana effort to curb the effect of the Citizens United ruling on campaign finance spending. Plus, mortgage fraud, stop and frisk, and Skechers.

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The Takeaway

$10 Million GOP Super-PAC Advertising Plan Leaked

Thursday, May 17, 2012

We all know that we're living in the era of the super PAC. And we're now facing the first presidential election since the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, the ruling that the American government couldn't stop political spending by large corporations and labor unions in election campaigns. According to our partner, The New York Times, there's a costly advertising plan underway to attack President Obama in ways never seen before.

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Opinions: Dems Want it Both Ways on 'Dirty' Money

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Like with so many other things, the Democrats like to pretend like they have some kind of higher ground because they see the Republicans as worse, when really all they are is bought and paid for by different special interests who's pockets aren't quite as deep.

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Thanks SuperPACs! Negative Political Ads Up 70 Percent

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Seven out of ten political ads have been negative during the 2012 election cycle. It's a far cry from 2008, when only one in ten ads attacked candidates by name — and when interest groups weren't funding the majority of political ads.

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Opinion: How to Blow the Whistle on Big Money

Monday, March 26, 2012

Citizens United allows corporations to use money to influence elections, so a group of progressive organizations is using money to influence corporations. Larry Flynt has once again issued a call for evidence of improprieties -- sexual and financial -- by members of Congress.

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Opinion: Citizens United Didn't Cause the Problem, Just Made it a Whole Lot Worse

Monday, March 12, 2012

Why is so much money going to loose cannon groups instead of the political parties who would be held responsible for inaccurate and excessively brutal political advertising?

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, March 12, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Big week in Albany with both budget and redistricting.

Former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno wants taxpayers to reimburse him for his legal fees. The Times Union says his request is premature. The TU's Editorial Page Editor Jay Jochnowitz joins us on the show to discuss the paper's position on this issue, as well as an upcoming Doonesbury strip dealing with a Texas law requiring a mandatory sonogram before an abortion. The cartoon has sparked debate among newspaper editors around the country.

$81.3 billion dollars over 60 years plus millions in real property tax revenues and loss opportunities. THAT's how much the Delaware County Board of Supervisors Board is demanding in "reparations from the City and State for the mineral rights taken from affected landowners and communities" in light of the "no gas drilling" policy in place within in the NYC Watershed. This is the next big legal issue that will face the municipalities in the gas drilling debate. Paul Finkelman, the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow, Government Law Center at Albany Law School joins me today to explain the constitutional provision allowing for such a lawsuit.

State Senator Dan Squadron is looking for 38 signatures. Why? He and Rory Lancmen are sponsors of the "Corporate Political Activity Accountability to Shareholders Act" (S101/A696A) that would require shareholder approval for corporate political contributions, public disclosure of the contributions, and justification of the business rationale for making them. But the bill was prevented from moving out of committee last week by a vote in the the Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee. In response, Squadron has now begun circulating a petition for chamber consideration of the bill. If he gets the signatures of 38 State Senators he can bring the bill to the floor of the Senate.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

National Legal News

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate, discusses the proposed Virginia ultrasound law that would mandate performing ultrasounds on women seeking abortions, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear the case on affirmative action in higher education, Fisher vs. University of Texas, and Montana's attempt to reverse the 2010 Citizens United ruling that allowed corporate political spending.

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Opinion: Can Santorum Beat Romney? The Answer is in Moneyball

Friday, February 10, 2012

In Michael Lewis' Moneyball, The Oakland A's spent the least money per victory of any team, just as Rick Santorum has spent far less per vote and per delegate than Mitt Romney. But the A's also lose in the end.

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Explainer: Can Foreign Companies Make Political Donations?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Political Action Committees connected to foreign corporations have already raised over $5 million for the 2012 elections, continuing a trend of increasing contributions from U.S. subsidiaries of foreign interests.

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Opinion: Thank Citizens United for the Bloody Battle in South Carolina

Friday, January 20, 2012

With Super PACs savaging candidates left and right, January 21st is a fitting date for the South Carolina Primary: it's the two-year anniversary of Citizens United.

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The Empire

Public Advocate de Blasio Tweeting it out on Citizens United anniversary eve

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tomorrow is the two-year anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court case, which allows an unrestricted flow of money into the political process and has sent campaign finance advocates into a spasm of rage.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has been as vocally opposed to the court's ruling as anyone, and, to mark the anniversary, he's taking his case to the Twitter world. Beginning a little over ten hours ago, de Blasio started a 24-hour-Tweetathon to protest the case.

It's all part of a campaign "urging citizens to join him in demanding that corporations once and for all come clean and disclose their political spending." It's called Save Our Elections and has a website (of course), and a big supporting cast, such as Common Cause NY, Citizens Action in New York, and a host of progressive City Councilmembers.

“I am launching this effort because as Public Advocate it is important that I help give citizens the opportunity to voice their contempt for corporate spending in our elections and effect change,” de Blasio said in a statement. “Corporations are on the verge of buying the Oval Office right out from under our noses thanks to the unlimited amounts of secret cash they are now allowed to funnel into elections. It is imperative that we send a clear message to the SEC that it must use its power to keep publicly traded companies honest and accountable if they’re going to weigh in on elections.”

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On The Media

Citizens United and the Presidential Campaign

Friday, January 20, 2012

When the US Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case in 2010, it allowed unlimited contributions to support candidates as long as those candidates didn’t ‘coordinate’ with the so-called Super PACs that support them.  Two years later, how’s that working in practice?  Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer tells Brooke that there’s been a glut of cash and an almost absurd bending of the rules in the presidential campaign thus far.

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On The Media

Montana Goes Its Own Way on Citizens United

Friday, January 20, 2012

There’s been lots of critique of the Citizens United decision, but a few weeks ago came a surprising rebuke.  The Montana Supreme Court decided that because of the state’s unique history of money influencing politics, Citizens United shouldn’t apply in Montana.  Even the dissenting judges didn’t spare the U.S. Supreme Court their scorn.  New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak tells Brooke the case is very likely to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Citizens United and the Super PACs

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate, talks about how the Citizens United ruling is affecting this campaign season, and plays with our new Super Pac Name Generator.

Generate your Super Super Pac Name now! Words and patterns by Stephen Reader; Generator Tool by John Keefe

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The Takeaway

Floyd Abrams on Super PACs and the Legacy of Citizens United

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Nearly two years ago, a bitterly divided Supreme Court ruled that the American government could not ban political spending by corporations and labor unions during electoral campaigns. The case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, overruled important precedents about the First Amendment rights of corporations and dramatically altered the way campaigns are conducted. 

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The Takeaway

Florida's Super PAC Man

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Since the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission case, 240 so-called Super PACs, or political action committees, have been registered with the FEC. Sixty of them alone have formed by Florida resident Josue Larose — a mysterious self-described millionaire and economist. Even his intentions are unclear. Larose has forms PACs such as Bloomingdale's Department Store Customers Super PAC, the NFL Sport Players Super PAC, and the Costco Store Customers Super PAC.

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On The Media

Proposing a Constitutional Amendment to End Corporate Personhood

Friday, November 18, 2011

Massachusetts congressman Jim McGovern, believing that there is too much corporate influence in politics, has proposed a drastic and most likely futile bill to attempt to amend the Consitution to exclude corporations as "people". Bob talks to Congressman McGovern about why he chose to take this step.

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