Thursday, January 21, 2010

President Barack Obama and Senator Russ Feingold speak out on Supreme Court's Decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

On the plus side, the outrage from today's insane Supreme Court ruling seems to be pretty wide-spread.  Here's hoping they act on the words below:

From progressive champion Russ Feingold...

"It is important to note that the decision does not affect McCain-Feingold’s soft money ban, which will continue to prevent corporate contributions to the political parties from corrupting the political process. But this decision was a terrible mistake. Presented with a relatively narrow legal issue, the Supreme Court chose to roll back laws that have limited the role of corporate money in federal elections since Teddy Roosevelt was president. Ignoring important principles of judicial restraint and respect for precedent, the Court has given corporate money a breathtaking new role in federal campaigns. Just six years ago, the Court said that the prohibition on corporations and unions dipping into their treasuries to influence campaigns was ‘firmly embedded in our law.’ Yet this Court has just upended that prohibition, and a century's worth of campaign finance law designed to stem corruption in government. The American people will pay dearly for this decision when, more than ever, their voices are drowned out by corporate spending in our federal elections. In the coming weeks, I will work with my colleagues to pass legislation restoring as many of the critical restraints on corporate control of our elections as possible.

From President Barack Obama...

With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics. It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans. This ruling gives the special interests and their lobbyists even more power in Washington--while undermining the influence of average Americans who make small contributions to support their preferred candidates. That's why I am instructing my Administration to get to work immediately with Congress on this issue. We are going to talk with bipartisan Congressional leaders to develop a forceful response to this decision. The public interest requires nothing less.

Get to it people. This is more important than re-election. Hell, this is more important than health care. Absolutely nothing can be accomplished if the corporate opposition has unlimited resources to push back the voice of the people and the will of the electorate. Today's decision is nothing less than giving corporate America the right to vote, in a manner which puts their vote far above yours. Fix this, or we'll find someone who will.

Scott Mendelson

1 comment:

JohnH said...

This decision is an outrage. John Roberts is Shrub and Cheney's last middle-finger, screw-you to the country they've done so much to destroy.


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