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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 04:55 PM
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Poll: Large majority opposes Supreme Court's decision on campaign financing
Source: Washington Post

Americans of both parties overwhelmingly oppose a Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to spend as much as they want on political campaigns, and most favor new limits on such spending, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Eight in 10 poll respondents say they oppose the high court's Jan. 21 decision to allow unfettered corporate political spending, with 65 percent "strongly" opposed. Nearly as many backed congressional action to curb the ruling, with 72 percent in favor of reinstating limits.

The poll reveals relatively little difference of opinion on the issue among Democrats (85 percent opposed to the ruling), Republicans (76 percent) and independents (81 percent).

The results suggest a strong reservoir of bipartisan support on the issue for President Obama and congressional Democrats, who are in the midst of crafting legislation aimed at limiting the impact of the high court's decision.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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DallasNE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 05:21 PM
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1. Legislation Would Be A Waste Of Time
At least with this Supreme Court as they would simply strike any law down as they did here. What is needed is a Constitutional Amendment. The amendment should establish money as property once and for all then prohibit private property from being used in elections. Lastly, it should provide for public funding for all federal elections.
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ShockediSay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 08:15 PM
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7. Best immediate answer is to demonstrate so their individual speaking
engagements end up canceled.
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 05:44 PM
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2. And repugs in Congress will still portray limiting
corporate funding as "Not what the American people want." Count on it.
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katandmoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 06:41 PM
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3. This is all a big show. Democrats benefit from/depend on corporate money just as much as repugs.
This is a big show, just like health care reform was.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 08:27 PM
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8. That's a really impressive take on things.
Why bother to get up in the morning?
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katandmoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 08:53 PM
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10. You don't really think Dems are serious about this, do you?
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-18-10 08:31 AM
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14. Are you?
What's your solution? Constitutional amendment? Get serious.

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tomhayes Donating Member (476 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 06:42 PM
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4. That's what they get for being against Gay Marriage
Edited on Wed Feb-17-10 06:43 PM by tomhayes
And falling for the Swift Boat Liars for "Truth".
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Democat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 07:06 PM
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5. If Democrats were smart, they would use this to rebrand the Supreme Court
We should never again have to hear about liberal activist judges. Democrats should put on a full force five year rebranding of the Supreme Court as to political and right wing extremist. This is a huge opening for Democrats, but I doubt they'll take it.
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countmyvote4real Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 11:03 PM
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11. Read that post from Democat. So true.
It applies to the entirety of politics today.

I think everybody has a certain reluctance to change, but if something doesn't work most people will try to fix it. And then there are those that want to shit on everybody at any cost for their own personal gain. We need to fix this. It's long overdue.
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laconicsax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 11:58 PM
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13. +1
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ShockediSay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 07:36 PM
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6. If corporations are persons, they are psychopaths
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Corporation

"...via the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV; Robert Hare, a University of British Columbia psychology professor and a consultant to the FBI, compares the profile of the contemporary profitable business corporation to that of a clinically-diagnosed psychopath."

...much like the more recently confirmed Federalist Society SCOTUS judges who under oath swore to the concept of judicial constraint and the sanctity of precedent.
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Kievan Rus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 08:50 PM
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9. You wouldn't know it by watching Faux News
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 11:47 PM
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12. Supposedly, 77% of Americans favor a strong public option. We'll see what happens on both issues.
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20Jan1961 Donating Member (10 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 01:51 PM
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15. We The People need to fight this!
I just saw this video ItsOurDemocracy.com and I'm mad as hell about what the Supreme Court did!

Will anyone join me in fighting to save our democracy?
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