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Rob Hager is a public-interest litigator who filed a Supreme Court amicus brief n the 2012 Montana sequel to the Citizens United case, American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock, and has worked as an international consultant on legal development and anti-corruption issues.
Monday, April 21, 2014(4 comments)
Why Does the Massachusetts Governor Support the Supreme Court on McCutcheon?
This open letter asks the honorable governor to explain why he or anyone else should "respect the authority of the Supreme Court to make those decisions," like McCutcheon or Citizens United. Both were extreme examples of legislation from the bench in violation of the Constitution's separation of powers. A politician who refuses to defend the Constitution in the tradition of FDR violates the oath for public service.
Saturday, April 5, 2014(16 comments)
The Plutocratic Jurisprudence of the Roberts 5: Episode VII
In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission the Supreme Court majority gifted plutocrats with its seventh decision since 2006 that legalizes political corruption. To get beyond soundbites and to better target strategy for overturning the whole jurisprudence of plutocracy, this article drills into the details of the Court's reasoning. The article also surveys other relevant comments about the decision.
Saturday, October 19, 2013(1 comments)
McCutcheon: Plutocracy is Corruption
McCutcheon is another test case of the kind constructed by plutocrat-interest types to topple the few walls still standing in the ruins of America's election integrity. More important than the ultimate decision of the case by the Supreme Court is the government's new argument to defend one of those walls still standing: A plutocracy "run of, by, and for those" few who buy its policies is a corrupt system by definition.
Friday, August 23, 2013 Obama vs. Snowden: "Parsing the Presser" Series, Part 3
Obama's proposals are designed not to change Obama's program but solely to deflect demands for such change by winning the PR offensive, which turns--as do all Obama's similar deceptions--on Mencken 's famous gambling tip that "no one" has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.