#1 Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Supreme Court Ruling
04-02-2014, 08:38 PM
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Star Member Omaha Steve (39,144 posts)
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Supreme Court Ruling on McCutcheon vs FEC
For Immediate Release Contact: Josh Goldstein 202-637-5018
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
on Supreme Court Ruling on McCutcheon vs FEC
April 2, 2014
The Supreme Court made one of the most undemocratic and corrosive decisions in history with the Citizen’s United ruling. Today, it has dangerously broadened its skewed view of money in politics.
By striking down individual aggregate limits on First Amendment grounds, the Court has further tilted our political system in favor of corporations and the wealthy and against working people. Our founding fathers did not intend for our electoral process to be the façade for political auctions.
We need fundamental reform to get our democracy back on track. The average, ordinary American should have as strong a voice as the Koch Brothers do in politics.
Statement online here: http://www.aflcio.org/Press-Room/Pre...utcheon-vs-FEC
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Star Member Omaha Steve (39,144 posts)
SEIU on SCOTUS McCutcheon Decision
For Immediate Release: April 2, 2014
Contact: Tyler Prell, 202-730-7278
SCOTUS McCutcheon Decision: Too Much Power for the Wealthy
WASHINGTON, DC – After the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in McCutcheon vs. FEC, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement:
“This ruling is an unwelcome sequel to the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United which will further erode the ability of 99 percent of our citizens to meaningfully participate in the political process and to have their voices heard in the governance of our country. Today, in a 5-4 ruling, a majority of the Court twists the freedoms guaranteed under our cherished First Amendment to use them as a sword to further undermine the foundations of our democracy. In Citizens United the Court ruled that corporations can freely use their amassed resources to drown out the voices of real people in the political process. With today’s decision, the Court has eliminated the long-standing limitation on the ability of billionaires to buy the gratitude and loyalty of elected officials with a blizzard of separate campaign contributions to candidates and political party organizations. Taken together, these two decisions will effectively drown out the voices of working people in the political process and deny them access to their elected officials. To a Supreme Court which equates speech with money, only the voices of the rich are entitled to protection under the First Amendment.
“This is a disappointing opinion that puts the underlying values of our democratic system at risk.”
With 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers—not just corporations and CEOs—benefit from today's global economy.
Last edited by Carol; 04-02-2014 at 08:44 PM.
04-02-2014, 08:44 PM
let me get this straight, they are mad that corporations can give lots of money to candidates of their choice but its alright for them to do it?We're from Philadelphia, We Fight- Chip Kelly
04-03-2014, 02:17 PM
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I love watching their liberal heads explode when things don't go their way, gives me some hope that we might take this country back to conservative values afterall. Their hypocrits, every single one of them.
04-03-2014, 03:13 PM
Imagine a country where the politicians we elect worked for us and not for corporations or for special interest groups. It's not hard to imagine if you try.
BTW guys, corporations (like special interest groups) are both liberal and conservatives. Check out Open Secrets sometime. Seriously, imagine if your senator cared more about you than about Google or NOW.
04-03-2014, 03:21 PM
More speech is better then less speech.
Those on the Left think they're right when they shut down other people's speech.
Scratch a liberal, find a Fascist.CU's Paranormal Expert.
Keep your powder dry, your sword sharp and your wits intact.
04-03-2014, 06:59 PMGovernment is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.
We could say they are spending like drunken sailors. That would be unfair to drunken sailors, they're spending their OWN money.
04-03-2014, 07:40 PM
Silly me, I'm forgetting all about your socialized medicine.The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
04-04-2014, 12:06 AM
You guys are just misunderstanding Lanie as she tries to analyze the topic.
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