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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Luján Recognizes Local Efforts to Call for an End to Corporate Influence in the Electoral Process
Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District recognized efforts of local governments to call for the end to corporate influence in the electoral process. With localities nationwide this week highlighting resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, Luján applauded the efforts of the cities of Santa Fe and Taos.
Earlier this year, the City of Santa Fe and the Town of Taos passed resolutions expressing strong opposition to the Citizen United decision and urging Congress to take action to reduce the influence of corporate money in the democratic process. The City of Albuquerque is expected to have a similar resolution on the agenda on Monday, June 18.
“Citizens United has opened the floodgates for special-interest corporate money that seeks to influence elections and drown out the voices of the American people. Third party groups can spend unlimited amounts of money and hide their donors to prevent the American people from finding the truth behind where their money comes from,” Congressman Luján said. “I welcome the efforts of local communities around the country, especially those in New Mexico, that are standing up this week to call for action that removes corporate influence in our elections and reaffirms the bedrock principles of our democracy by giving voice back to the people. It is time to restore accountability and transparency, which are so vital to the electoral process, and take steps to get corporate money out of politics.”
Luján is cosponsoring legislation to amend the Constitution to overturn the decision in Citizens United. He has signed onto the House version of legislation introduced by Senator Tom Udall in the Senate. Luján has also cosponsored the DISCLOSE Act, which increases transparency by: enhancing public reporting of campaign-related activity by corporations and other outside groups; requiring corporations and other outside groups to stand by their ads; requiring corporations and other outside groups to disclose campaign-related spending to shareholders; and requiring lobbyists to disclose campaign-related expenditures in conjunction with their lobbying activities.
The Super Freak Super PAC.
Thanks Mary Dolch.
Posted by: Lora Lucero | Jun 16, 2012 1:21:18 PM
Another way to get the corporations under control is to require them to have ALL their shareholders AND employees vote for the politicians and PACs that they want to see the corporation donate to. Then hold the corporation to donating the percentage of a fixed donation kitty that each "Person" gets to that campaign/PAC AND sending out the results as part of their year-end report.
Sure, it would be complicated to figure out how to implement this system, but that's what all those bean-counters are for.
Posted by: Ellen Wedum | Jun 18, 2012 4:01:03 AM
Consider that the self serving corporate boards and CEO would dictate which pols the shareholders and employees could choose. That is sorta the status qua now.
I don't see this as a solution but, it is interesting.
Posted by: qofdisks | Jun 18, 2012 1:50:50 PM