citizens united

New England News
12:30 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Sanders Introduces Amendment To Strike Down Citizens United

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Supports and opponents agree: it was a decision that changed American politics. Now, on the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United — which led to the rise of super PACs and millions in spending in election campaigns — Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a constitutional amendment to undo the ruling.

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New England News
7:45 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Vermont Senator Introduces Measure To Reverse Citizens United

Senator Bernie Sanders

Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court issued it’s controversial Citizens United campaign finance ruling Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a constitutional amendment to undo the ruling.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Blair Horner: U.S. Senate Poised To Take On Citizens United

America’s campaign finance system has been awful for many years.  But thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, that bad situation has gotten worse.  In its landmark decision Citizen United, the Court ruled that corporations have the same free speech rights as flesh and blood human beings.  As such, corporations can spend as much as they want on elections, as long as such spending is not coordinated with a candidate.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Congressional Corner With Richard Neal

    The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision echoed 2010’s Citizens United case.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that campaign finance reform is now highly unlikely at the presidential level.

New York News
4:44 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Congressman Tonko Slams Supreme Court Decision

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Congressman Paul Tonko has condemned the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case that ruled caps on the total amount of money an individual can contribute to political campaigns and Political Action Committees (PACs) are unconstitutional.

Wednesday morning, in a 5-to-4 decision, the US Supreme Court struck down overall contribution limits to federal campaigns and committees. Tonko branded the decision "flawed" - saying America should be a government of the many, not the money. 

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8:05 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about California Governor Jerry Brown vetoing a bill that would have allowed immigrants to serve on juries and the regulation of money in politics.

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North Country News
11:18 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Group of Vermont Senators Want Citizens United Reversed

Detail of preamble to U.S. Constitution
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A group of Vermont lawmakers is calling for a national constitutional convention to reverse the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision on campaign money.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:43 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Paul Elisha: The Accidental Curmudgeon

There’s a danger for commentators who gather listeners with age.  It’s a trap to be avoided at all costs; too easy to fall into and escapable only with the greatest of difficulty…  as this commentator can now attest, from bitter experience.  The trap?  A wily metamorphosis that turns commentators into ‘cussed’ curmudgeons.

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New England News
12:55 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

McGovern Files Constitutional Amendments On Campaign Finance

U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA)
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Massachusetts Congressman James McGovern  introduced two constitutional amendments this week aimed at campaign finance reform. The amendments are in response to the controversial US Supreme Court “Citizens United” decision that found corporations have the same free speech rights as people.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Congressman McGovern.

4:43 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Groups Urge Candidates Be Questioned About Money in Politics During Debate

During tonight’s presidential debate, citizen groups are calling for the issue of campaign financing to be raised to candidates Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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