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Trevor Potter, former FEC Commissioner (R), on Citizens United, why corporations shouldn't participate in our elections, and wha

Bill Moyers' latest video is an interview with Trevor Potter, a Republican former Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission, best known as Stephen Colbert's attorney and also Senator John McCain's former General Counsel.

Mr. Potter makes several important points in the 45-minute interview. Here are some of the choicest excerpts, below (not in chronological order):

Local protest targets business, elections

News & Record - Greensboro, North Carolina

Amanda Lehmert

September 24, 2012

Local advocates have joined a national protest against corporate influence over elections.

Latest poll: 83% want limits on campaign spending by corporations, unions, and other organizations.

Poll: Americans largely in favor of campaign spending limitations
by Morgan Little
The Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2012


8 down, 30 to go: Connecticut becomes 8th state to call for a constitutional amendment.

A majority of Connecticut's state legislators in both chambers -- 88 state representatives and 22 state senators -- have signed a letter calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

This makes Connecticut the 8th state to call for an amendment, joining California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Vermont, which have all passed legislative resolutions, and Maryland, where a majority of legislators have signed a letter similar to this one in Connecticut.

Justice Scalia encourages amending the Constitution in response to Citizens United.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a noted conservative who was among the signers of the Court's 5-4 majority opinion in Citizens United, last week called on those of us -- 80% of Americans, according to polls -- who disagree with that decision to respond by amending the Constitution.

According to the Las Vegas Sun-Journal, the following exchange took place Wednesday, Sept. 5th between Scalia and Kathy Kama, a law student at the University at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas:

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Minn. Disclosure Law, Aiding Corporate America’s Political Power

Jeremy Leaming

American Constitution Society Blog

September 6, 2012

"A  federal appeals court has provided another victory for corporate America’s efforts to influence politicians, political parties and the nation’s elections. Big business hardly needed such a victory, especially since the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC scrapped some significant campaign finance regulation laws thereby making it far easier for corporations to spend boatloads of money on local, state and federal elections of all kinds.

Great News in Colorado: Initiative aimed at big campaign money makes November ballot (Denver Post)

Initiative aimed at big campaign money makes November ballot

By Tim Hoover

The Denver Post

President Obama Joins Call to Overturn Citizens United with a Constitutional Amendment

In a chat with the website Reddit, President Obama called for serious look at a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling.

"Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn't revisit it). Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change," Obama wrote.

Which of the 13 Amendment Bills in Play in the 112th Congress We Support, and Why

We recently did a close analysis of the 13 amendment bills currently in play in Congress.  Here it is:

Montana Supreme Court Rejects I-166 Challenge

Voters Will Still Have the Opportunity to Declare that Corporations Aren’t People and Money Isn’t Speech with November Vote

HELENA – The people of Montana won the right to vote on I-166 this November when in a 6 to 1 decision Montana’s Supreme Court rejected an attempt by opponents to remove it from the ballot.