Friday, May 27, 2011

Republican Judge Strikes Down Ban On Corporate Contributions Directly To Candidates

From ThinkProgress.org

Reagan-appointed federal Judge James Cacheris just ruled that corporations have a constitutional right to contribute money directly to political candidates:
In a ruling issued late Thursday, U.S. District Judge James Cacheris tossed out part of the indictment against two men accused of illegally reimbursing donors to Hillary Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns.
Cacheris says that under last year’s Citizens United Supreme Court case, corporations enjoy the same right as people to contribute to campaigns.
The ruling is the first of its kind. The Citizens United case had applied only to independent corporate expenditures, not to actual campaign contributions.
Today’s decision extends beyond the egregious Citizen United decision because Citizens United only permits corporations to run their own ads supporting a candidate or otherwise act independently of a candidate’s campaign. Cacheris’ opinion would also allow the Chamber of Commerce and Koch Industries, for instance, to contribute directly to political campaigns.
If today’s decision is upheld on appeal, it could be the end of any meaningful restrictions on campaign finance — including limits on the amount of money wealthy individuals and corporations can give to a candidate. In most states, all that is necessary to form a new corporation is to file the right paperwork in the appropriate government office. Moreover, nothing prevents one corporation from owning another corporation. Thus, under Cacheris’ decision, a cap on overall contributions becomes meaningless, because corporate donors can simply create a series of shell corporations for the purpose of evading such caps.

This decision by the US Supreme Court would allow well over 100 separate donations from just one Humboldt County location. Security National Partners located at 323 5th. Street Eureka Ca. 95501. The business owned by local millionaire Robin Arkley Jr. is home to well over 100 separate corporations, most of them seemingly to be part of the Arkley empire. So even if there is a contribution limit for each individual or corporation, Arkley has you or I beat by 100 times the legal limit.

 Democracy has been replaced by fascism. This will be hard to overcome by ordinary organized citizens that are trying to make a difference. People like Arkley or the Koch Brothers have the influence that their money can buy to beat us into submission or complacency and there is nothing we can do about it. Decisions by the US Supreme Court are pretty much final.

3 comments:

  1. I was sickened by this decision.

    The Supreme Court has totally sold out to the corporations and is not even making a pretense of protecting the public's rights anymore.

    Amerika...in the 21st century

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  2. This is the kind of stuff that directly effects peoples lives.

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  3. Wow, I was able to comment. I found that I had to un-check the box that says "stay signed in".

    I wonder what I have to un-check to get video to embed again?

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