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Washington Post Op-Ed: "Seminary president: Faith leaders, it’s time to overturn Citizens United"

There's a terrific new Op-Ed today in the Washington Post from the Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, president of the Auburn Theological Seminary, an organization we've partnered with to support the campaign she highlights.

Her column begins:

New York Times: Only a constitutional amendment will do it.

The New York Times' lead editorial today indicts America's "Broken Election System". It lays out several necessary fixes, then concludes by saying:

"Ultimately, only a constitutional amendment can counter the misbegotten Supreme Court assertion that money is speech and thus can play an unlimited role in American politics."

For the full editorial, click here.
 

Citizens United Rejected By Voters In Montana, Colorado

Paul Blumenthal

November 7, 2012

Excerpt from the Huffington Post

America on its way to overturning Citizens United

Versions of this Op-Ed have appeared in McClatchy newspapers including The Miami Herald, Las Vegas Sun, Louisville Courier-Journ

Huge milestone: we’re now 1/4 of the way to amending the Constitution.

Here’s some terrific news. With victories yesterday in statewide votes in Montana and Colorado, both by nearly three-to-one margins, we’re now one quarter of the way to amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United.

Religious leader Jim Wallis: "People are made in the image of God and corporations are not."

Jim Wallis, the theologian, author, and CEO of Sojourners, has a terrific piece in Politico today.

Here are some of the finest parts:

Our deepest values have no price — our common ground, our common good, caring for our neighbor and looking out for the least and the lost — these are the values that work for us. Sadly, those aren’t the values of the current system.

NBC: Election's biggest corporate donor an enigma that gave $5.3 million; Companies have spent $75 million this cycle

NBC News has just published a great report focusing on major examples of corporate spending on the 2012 elections. Here are some key excerpts:

The biggest corporate contributor in the 2012 election so far doesn’t appear to make anything — other than very large contributions to a conservative super PAC.

Specialty Group Inc., of Knoxville, Tenn., donated nearly $5.3 million between Oct. 1 and Oct. 11 to
FreedomWorks for America, which is affiliated with former GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey...

Money Out / Voters In: Free Speech For People joins with more than 50 organizations in issuing national statement

Free Speech For People today joined with more than fifty prominent, national organizations to express their concern about two critical threats to our democratic system: corporate influence in elections and laws and official actions that suppress the vote. Under the banner “Money Out, Voters In,” the organizations issued the following joint statement pledging to fight special interest money in politics and to support the rights of all voters:

Free Speech For People and CREW Call for Justice Department Investigation of Group Promoting Big Money in Politics

For Immediate Release
November 1, 2012
Contact: Ryan O'Donnell (413) 335-9824

Free Speech For People and CREW
Call for Justice Department Investigation of
Group Promoting Big Money in Politics

Frontline & Marketplace shine a light on possible lawbreaking at American Tradition Partnership

Frontline and Marketplace released an important new investigative report last night that highlights how a dark-money group called American Tradition Partnership (ATP) may have broken the law by illegally coordinating its work with the campaigns of candidates running for office.