By Stephen D. Foster Jr.
Another blow has been struck against Citizens United, and this time it’s not by a city council. The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday, calling for Congress to overturn Citizens United via Constitutional Amendment. The final vote was 38-29 with one independent and one Republican joining Democrats to rebuke the controversial Supreme Court case that has allowed corporations and the super wealthy to donate unlimited amounts of money to candidates through the unfettered use of Super PACS.
The New Mexico House joins the city councils of New York City, Albany, Missoula, Los Angeles, and several others across the country in calling for an end to Citizens United. The bill now heads for the New Mexico Senate.The notion that corporations are people is very unpopular among the American people and the movement for a Constitutional Amendment is only growing, especially since Occupy Wall Street made the repeal of Citizens United one of their key demands. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been vocal about his support of Citizens United, going so far as to declare that corporations are people in front of a crowd in Iowa. One thing is clear though. The American people do not like the idea of corporate personhood and are furious about corporations buying elections. And rightfully so. The American people want their democracy back.
We haven’t had a lot of snow this winter but we are going to get some today. We have about 10″ on the ground now and it’s snowing hard and supposed to snow all day.
A great day to be retired.
The scene early this morning on I-25.
Think about this………
Romney and his backers outspent Newt in SC by a 2 to 1 margin and lost.
They outspent Newt in Florida 5 to 1 and they won.
Today, Indiana became a Right to Work for Less state. Romney supports Right to Work for LESS.
Also today, the UPS stock outlook was upgraded based on the UPS’s good financial health.
So think about this…..Unions grow weaker, UPS is healthy, unemployement is high and there could possibly be a union-hating President in 2013. Would UPS force you out on strike, then lock you out and replace you until the Teamsters just go away in a couple of years.
How long could YOU hold out???
Below is a list of “Super-Pac Donors to Romney from the New York Times. Is this a “who’s who of the people supporting the benefit of the middle class? I doubt it, it looks more like the 1 percenters looking to continue their lock on our government.
All told, the group, Restore Our Future, raised about $18 million from just 200 donors in the second half of 2011.
Millions of dollars came from financial industry executives, including Mr. Romney’s former colleagues at Bain Capital, who contributed a total of $750,000; senior executives at Goldman Sachs, who contributed $385,000; and some of the most prominent and politically active Republicans in the hedge fund world, three of whom gave $1 million each: Robert Mercer of Renaissance Technologies; Paul Singer of Elliott Management, and Julian Robertson of Tiger Management.
Harlan Crow, the Texas construction magnate, gave $300,000 personally and through his company. William Koch, whose brothers Charles and David are among the country’s most prominent backers of conservative causes, gave $1 million personally or through Oxbow Carbon, the energy company he founded. Members of the Walton family, founders of the Walmart chain, gave over $200,000, while Bob Perry — a wealthy home builder who has long been the top patron of Mr. Romney’s erstwhile rival, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas — chipped in $500,000 in early December