Citizens United

Leahy pushes for constitutional convention on campaign finance reform

Senator Patrick Leahy praised General Dubie’s work with the guard. He joked that the thought crossed his mind to reject President Barack Obama’s appointment of Dubie in order to keep him in Vermont.

Effort has little chance of succeeding, but makes a statement, senator says.

Leahy holds hearing on constitutional amendment to rein in massive campaign spending

The Senate Judiciary Committee is currently holding a hearing titled “Examining a Constitutional Amendment to Restore Democracy to the American People.”

Vermont first state to call for constitutional convention to get money out of politics

Activists rally for a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on Friday, January 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Public Citizen.

Wolf PAC concluded that the federal government is too awash in campaign cash from outside groups to take action, so his organization is launching campaigns to push state legislatures to call for an end to corporate personhood and public financing of all elections, according to the organization’s website.

Joseph Gainza: What are we fighting for?

With the greatest disparity of wealth in the U.S. since the 1920s, there has rarely been more influence by the rich over U.S. domestic and foreign policy.

30 New Hampshire towns call for a resolution to overturn Citizens United

30 New Hampshire Towns Have Spoken, Called for a Resolution to Overturn Citizens United Statement of Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Senior Organizer, Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign March 13, 2014 Contact: Angela Bradbery (202) 588-7741 Karilyn Gower (202) 588-7779 Town meeting votes this week confirmed what many already knew: The people of New Hampshire want […]

Civil or not? Does Vermont’s political debate have to be so partisan?

James A. Leach, director of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Courtesy photo taken in West Virginia.

“Money is the elephant at the door in Washington,” James A. Leach, director of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Senators want constitutional amendment to override Citizens United

Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chttenden, calls for a constitutional convention to overturn Citizens United and curb the influence of corporate money in politics. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana/VTDigger.org

Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden, and other lawmakers, proposed a Senate resolution requesting a constitutional amendment to nullify Citizens United.

House committee opts to cap donations to Super PAC

Rep. Donna Sweaney, chair of the House Government Operations Committee, checks her IPad during the 2011 Legislative Session. VTD/Josh Larkin

“We’ve done a lot of firsts in Vermont. I’m wondering if this isn’t the time to take this step right off the diving board, and say, OK, we’ll take it to the Supreme Court if we have to,” said Rep. Donna Sweaney.

Should parties be put on par with Super PACS? Lawmakers weigh campaign finance reform options

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If the Democrats have their way, individuals could contribute up to $20,000 per election cycle to state parties.

National Move to Amend spokesman will visit Vermont

David Cobb of the Move to Amend campaign will speak in Rutland, VT on Thursday, September 27 at Grace Congregational UCC Church in Rutland, VT (8 Court Street). This community forum, titled “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule”, is part history lesson and part heart-felt call to action. The event will be held in the Grace’s Fellowship Hall at 7PM on 9/27.

McClaughry: The Left’s campaign to destroy the First Amendment

Tellingly, their proposed amendments denounce the baneful influence of non-human “corporations,” but their actual text exempts favored nonprofit corporations, political action committees, labor unions and media corporations.

How you can make a cameo appearance in anti-Citizens-United music video

Musician and songwriter, Ron Pulcer, is looking for a few more citizens who would like to appear in the music video: covering their ears, holding a remote control or homemade sign. Mute The Loot.org targets the Supreme Court, Super PAC mega-donors, and both political parties.

Sanders welcomes Obama support for amendment to undo Citizens United

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed President Barack Obama’s statement in support of a constitutional amendment to undo the 2010 Supreme Court ruling inCitizens United that paved the way for a flood of campaign cash from corporations and wealthy special interests.

Leas: Why did Bill Sorrell greenlight Super PACs in Vermont?

Nothing is more fundamental to state sovereign legitimacy than election integrity.

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