the citizens united supreme court decision

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
October 7, 2011 1:46am CST
We have all heard that the Citizens United Case gives Big Business the right to unlimited spending on political causes. This is BUT it also gives Unions, For Profit and Non Profit groups the same right. Citizens United is a non profit corporation. It is interesting that in the dissenting opinion Justice Stevens singled out Corporations and did not mention Unions or Non Profits. Basically the majority opinion held that the first amendment applied to people and groups of people. Maybe the Wall Street Protesters and others (including the President) should read the case rather than take the medias say that it applies to only corporations.
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• United States
7 Oct 11
Bob, you are correct that Unions are allowed to spend as much as they want, but they don't have the amount of money, nor the power of US corporations. This also explains all of the attacks by corporations, and republicans. If they can take out the Unions than they can control the message getting out the American people. This is EXACTLY what is wrong with this country. When one party has more access, and power than the other party it hurts the country as a whole. The only way we are going to get this country back on track is to change our election laws. Both parties are going to spend $5 BILLION on the next election. WHY? What could we do with $5 BILLION dollars? And, please explain to me like I am a four year old, how all of this money ISN'T influencing politicians?
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• United States
7 Oct 11
A look at Opensecrets.org pretty much disputes your claim that Unions don't have the same amount of money as corporations. Many small business corporations can't match the spending power of many Unions. Besides, money doesn't always win elections. Actually, that $5 Billion number is likely too low. The President's reelection campaign alone is going to top $1 Billion.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
7 Oct 11
Unions can produce numbers to do the grass roots efforts. When I was a member of the Teachers Union we were paid mileage and given a meal to show support for a rally or cause. We had a union meeting and filled out postcards reminding people to get out to vote and listing the candidates the Union supported. Several school also negotiated a contract that allowed for so many days for the local officers to attend Union Business. During the recent protests in Madison, WI, there were a number paid union officals from in state and out of state demonstrating. Now that teachers don't have to join the union the Union has had to lay off 40 some workers. Many schools are having trouble getting teachers to join the union. Just look at these Occupy Wall Street group and see how many are union officals. If Corporations had all this money why not hire protester to do a counter protest?
• United States
7 Oct 11
Sierras, look at Wal Mart, they have spent millions fighting unions, and it hasn't hurt their profits one bit. US corporations are sitting on $2.5 TRILLION in profits, and that number will only go up after this quarter. I can tell you right now that unions don't have that kind of money sitting around doing nothing!!! I hate to tell you this, but money has a GREAT track record. Look it up!!! My point is that our founding fathers would be shocked at the level of corruption, and there was a lot of corruption back then.