Saturday, January 23, 2010

for a higher quality of political commons

Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court majority decision favoring unlimited corporate freedom to fund political marketing is depressing.

Saturday, 1/23

(AP)….At the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the head of its office that monitors democratic practices—an international human rights organization—says that the ruling…“threatens to further marginalize candidates without strong financial backing or extensive personal resources.”

Saturday, 1/23 “Obama says court ruling a blow to democracy”

(Reuters)….The Supreme Court ruling dealt a powerful blow to efforts to rein in corporate influence and could even allow foreign corporations to “get into the act,” Obama said.

“It will make it more difficult to pass common-sense laws to promote energy independence because even foreign entities would be allowed to mix in our elections,” Obama said.