Campaign Finance Reform

Bernie Sanders: Congress spends day and night worrying about the wealthy (Raw Story)

April 18, 2012

By Eric W. Dolan At a congressional summit Wednesday about the Citizens United decision, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said the U.S. Congress was only concerned about the “wealthy and powerful” because of the influence of campaign contributions. “This country faces enormous problems, the middle-class is declining, poverty is increasing, we’re worried about global warming, we’re […]

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Progressives Push Amendment to Overturn Citizens United (US News & World Report)

By Rebekah Metzler Opponents of the Supreme Court ruling that led to unlimited corporate campaign spending acknowledged that their bid for a constitutional amendment to address the issue is a long shot, but hope to rally grassroots support for change as a consequence of the effort. Led by progressive members of Congress, including Sens. Bernie Sanders, an […]

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Citizens United Amendment Urged By Grassroots, Federal Lawmakers (HuffPost Politics)

By Paul Blumenthal WASHINGTON — On Wednesday morning, dozens of activists and more than a dozen members of Congress gathered in a Capitol Visitor Center hearing room to show their support for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. While the stage was set with speeches from congressional sponsors of a […]

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Vermont lawmakers work to unravel Citizens United ruling (Burlington Free Press)

April 14, 2012

By Nicole Gaudiano WASHINGTON – Vermont’s congressional delegation is backing legislation designed to fight secretive campaign spending by strengthening disclosure laws. The lawmakers’ goal is to weaken the effects of the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on ads criticizing […]

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Vermont Senate Votes Against Citizens United, Corporate Personhood (Tree Hugger)

April 13, 2012

By Mat McDermott At Vermont’s town meeting day, dozens of towns voted in favor of resolutions demanding the overturning of the Citizens United ruling. Now the Vermont state senate has joined in. Yesterday, Vermont’s senate approved a resolution asking Congress to amend the Constitution so that there is no ambiguity that, “money is not speech […]

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Legislating Under the Influence? (Seven Days)

April 11, 2012

By Andy Bromage By the time you read this, the Vermont Senate may have passed a resolution calling on Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn the democracy-eroding effects of Citizens United. No doubt the Democrat-led House and Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin will endorse the measure, too, sending a clear and powerful message to […]

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‘Corporations are not people’ (Vermont Cynic)

March 21, 2012

By Ann Cromley On March 15, a group of Vermonters gathered at the Ira Allen Chapel to weigh in on questions surrounding big business and corporate spending. The topic of the meeting was ending corporate personhood, and it focused on addressing the Citizens United ruling, corporate personhood and money in politics. The panel of speakers […]

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Taking aim at speculators (Rutland Herald)

March 11, 2012

By Bruce Edwards Vermont’s congressional delegation is once again taking aim at Wall Street speculators as a major culprit in driving up prices at the pump — prices that are likely to spike well above $4 a gallon this summer. But casting investment banks and hedge funds as the sole villains isn’t so black and […]

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Super PACs Gone Wild: This Is “Tip of the Iceberg” If Citizens United Isn’t Overturned, Sen. Sanders Warns (Daily Ticker)

March 9, 2012

As of Super Tuesday, so-called Super PACs have spent more than $66 million on the GOP primaries, more than the total Super PAC spending during the entire 2010 midterms, according to The Center for Public Integrity. “You’re looking at the tip of the iceberg,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tells The Daily Ticker. “What people are […]

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Editorial: Voter apathy allows elections to be bought (Burlington Free Press)

The most powerful answer to big money flooding our political system is voter engagement. What ultimately allows money to “buy” elections is voter apathy. Nearly 60 Vermont communities called on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment aimed at limiting corporate money in election campaigns. The vote sent the message that many Vermonters are unhappy about […]

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