'Time for Citizens United to Go': US Oligarchs Poured $1.2 Billion Into 2020 Elections

'It's well beyond time for Citizens United to go, and to put real action towards getting big money out of politics. Our democracy depends on it.'

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'It's well beyond time for Citizens United to go, and to put real action towards getting big money out of politics,' says 4TaxFairness. 'Our democracy depends on it.'

'It's well beyond time for Citizens United to go, and to put real action towards getting big money out of politics. Our democracy depends on it.'

Citizens United, but none of the efforts have gotten off the ground. A number of state and local governments have also passed resolutions urging Congress to take action to reverse the 2010 decision, to no avail."Corporations are not people, and billionaires shouldn't get to use their enormous wealth to pick and choose who they want in office," ATF said Friday."It's well beyond time for

Citizens Unitedto go, and to put real action towards getting big money out of politics. Our democracy depends on it."Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said in a statement marking the ruling's anniversary that"the secret political spending we have seen over the last 12 years has corrupted our political process toward corporate interests and robbed citizens of authentic representation."

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Opinion | 12 Years After Citizens United, the Supreme Court's Right-Wing Revolution ContinuesThe only possible silver lining of the reactionary John Roberts' Court—itself brought into being by billionaires and dark money—is that perhaps it will fuel a fresh wave of citizen activism to overturn these regressive rulings. thelisagraves “The Citizens United ruling from Court led by CJ John Roberts unleashed a tsunami of “dark money” engulfing every major nat’l & state election since then. The billionaires pumping millions into our elections are known to their political beneficiaries but not to most Americans.” thelisagraves “One consequence is the vicious chasm between what can pass Congress—such as huge tax cuts for billionaires like Charles Koch & Elon Musk—and what cannot. Elected officials whose fortunes are tied to the favor of such billionaires can block popular proposals with near impunity.” thelisagraves “result is vicious cycle of thwarting policies to help us all thrive~like making billionaires pay fair share, protecting freedom to vote, paid sick leave for all & investing in innovative ideas to respond to climate crisis—while entrenching econ & political power of richest few.”

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aimed at overturning Citizens United , but none of the efforts have gotten off the ground. A number of state and local governments have also passed resolutions urging Congress to take action to reverse the 2010 decision, to no avail. "Corporations are not people, and billionaires shouldn't get to use their enormous wealth to pick and choose who they want in office," ATF said Friday."It's well beyond time for Citizens United to go, and to put real action towards getting big money out of politics. Our democracy depends on it." Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said in a statement marking the ruling's anniversary that"the secret political spending we have seen over the last 12 years has corrupted our political process toward corporate interests and robbed citizens of authentic representation." "It plays a large role in the failures to defend our democracy, pass Build Back Better, address climate change, fix our healthcare system, and much more," said Gilbert."The amount of money flowing into our elections is unprecedented and increases every cycle. A handful of billionaires exert enormous influence over our politics. And as a result, elected officials have grown ever more responsive to the desires of corporations and the ultrawealthy at the expense of their constituents." Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.