Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Report profiles Pro-Corporate players in post-Citizens United politics

People For the American Way released a report last Wednesday profiling nine groups that are funneling money, some of it from undisclosed donors, to pro-corporate candidates in this year's elections. Many of the groups sprung up after the Citizens United v. FEC decision, to take advantage of relaxed oversight of corporate influence on electioneering.

“Citizens United gave corporations the opportunity to spend millions of dollars to elect candidates who will prioritize corporate interests over the needs of ordinary citizens,” said Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way. Even though the Senate failed to pass the DISCLOSE act, which would have helpd daylight the sources of some of the money flowing into the campaign, Keegan noted that groups can still "expose the candidates and issues they’re spending millions of dollars to advance."

He added that undisclosed corporate spending in campaigns shows "the urgent need for a constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United and return the power to influence elections to where it belongs—in the hands of voters.”

You can read the report online here .

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