Senate

Senate Obstruction Takes Down Bill To Promote Campaign Transparency

A few days ago, Senate Republicans united to defeat the Disclose Act, critical legislation intended to respond to the Supreme Court's invalidation in Citizens United v. FEC of the ban on the use of corporate general treasury funds to make independent political expenditures. The House passed the Act in June.

Senator Max Baucus Proposes Constitutional Amendment to Allow Regulation of Campaign Funding

By David Swanson

The DISCLOSE Act, a bill passed by the House that would regulate corporate election spending was blocked in the Senate on Thursday by a filibuster -- momentum is building to eliminate that anti-democratic tool.

The Next Senator from Target Corporation

Here's a type of story that may become so common it's no longer a story, or those pushing back and working for structural reform may prevail:

Target Corp. spending company money on candidates
By MARTIGA LOHN (AP) –

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Here's something Target Corp. isn't advertising in its Sunday circular: The discount retailer is now a major donor to a group backing the Republican candidate for Minnesota governor.

And that's not sitting well with every Target shopper.

FSFP Submits Testimony to Today's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Citizens United

Here's our testimony: PDF.

United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
March 10, 2010
We the People? Corporate Spending in America after Citizens United
Written Testimony of Jeffrey D. Clements
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Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Wednesday on Citizens United

“We the People? Corporate Spending in American Elections after Citizens United”

Senate Judiciary Committee

Will Thousands of Corporations Be Banned from Political "Spending" Because Defined as Foreign?

While Congress may be restrained, to put it politely, in its efforts to clean up corruption for its own sake, xenophobia may come to the rescue. The LA Times reports that the Democratic party's legislation in both houses is "now considering a broad definition of foreign corporations -- companies that are more than 20% owned by non-American entities. That could end up banning thousands of corporations from contributing to political activities."

Leahy to Hold Hearing on Citizens United

Citizens United Supreme Court Case
Senate Judiciary Committee
Full Committee Hearing

Senate Judiciary Committee (Chairman Leahy, D-Vt.) will hold a hearing titled "We the People? Corporate Spending in American Elections after Citizens United."
Contact: Bruce Cohen - Democratic Chief Counsel at 202-224-7703

Wednesday, March 10, 10 a.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.
Witnesses Scheduled:
Jeffrey Rosen, professor, The George Washington University Law School
Doug Kendall, founder and president, Constitutional Accountability Center

Dodd and Udall Introduce Amendment

MCG10062 S.L.C.
111TH CONGRESS
2DSESSION
S. J. RES. 28
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
Mr. DODD introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on
JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.

Senators Introduce Legislation Re Foreign Corporations

Here's Al Franken's S 2959

And Robert Menendez' S 2954