citizens united

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

Congressman Tonko Slams Supreme Court Decision

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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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WAMC News
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.

Elections
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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Politics
6:15 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Michelle Obama Raises Campaign Funds At Western Mass. Events

Feroze Porter, age 12, talks with reporters outside the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield MA. He was hoping to see Michelle Obama who was inside at a fundraiser.
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First Lady Michelle  Obama was in western Massachusetts Friday to raise money for her husband’s re-election campaign.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

The First Lady was the featured speaker at a luncheon  with more than 100 people  held at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.   Tickets started at  $1,000, with a top donation  set at $2500. Local organizer, John Pucci, a Springfield attorney, said the sold out even  exceed ed  the goal which was to raise $250 thousand.

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New England News
7:52 am
Wed May 23, 2012

MA Towns Push against Citizens United

Nearly 60 Massachusetts cities and towns are urging Congress to pass a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

A total of 56 cities and towns from across the state have passed resolutions on the issue, with more expected to vote on similar resolutions in the coming weeks.

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North Country News
8:05 am
Fri April 20, 2012

VT House Passes Corporate Personhood Resolution

The Vermont House has passed a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to start the process of amending the federal Constitution to reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision expanding the rights of corporations to influence political campaigns.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The 92-40 vote on Thursday came after more than two hours of debate in which supporters said corporate money has come to distort the political process in the United States. Opponents called the effort an assault on First Amendment freedoms.

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New England News
9:04 am
Thu April 5, 2012

AGs to Congress: Reverse Citizens United Ruling

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has joined 10 other attorneys general in calling on Congress to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United campaign finance case.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

In a letter dated Wednesday, the attorneys general urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution overturning the ruling.

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