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  •  Tricky thing, those constitutional rights. (2+ / 0-)
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    Simplify, a2nite

    Unions and corporations are organizations of persons, and Citizens United applied to both types of organization.

    The same law struck down by Citizens United could have been applied to me and my neighbors had we formed a not-for-profit corporation to educate locals on the environment. BTW, from a free speech standpoint, corporations allow you avoid personal liability -- no small thing when deep pocket types might threaten to sue you into the ground.

    Picture this (fictional, but inspired by a real) situation:

    local town goes on a couple of street and bridge building rampages with little or no regard for the actual environmental impact.  Referenda and candidates are on the ballot.  Maybe even Congressional and/or Senate candidates weighing in on the topic.

    We schedule a meeting 3 weeks before the upcoming election on some marshy areas used by local waterfowl that will be more or less destroyed by a new bridge. We plan to present a video.

    That's very nearly the same scenario as the actual Citizens United case, except we substitute waterfowl for Hillary.

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    by dinotrac on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 09:57:27 AM PST

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    •  Where dies the Constitution mention money? (0+ / 0-)

      I can see some cause to believe that we should be careful if we try to ban campaign contributions, but where does th Constitution mention them?

      At best, your argument that there's a constitutional issue involved requires a penumbra. Also, if anyone actually believed that campaign contributions were speech, why didn't they defend President Clinton when he was caught "listening" to what some foreign contributors had to "say?"

      The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

      by Judge Moonbox on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:19:49 PM PST

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    •  How Does That Help? (0+ / 0-)

      Taking away the rights of corporation does not take away the rights of humans to speak. It just makes it possible for Congress to set reasonable rules for political spending.

      What part of the law do you think you were breaking?

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