|After the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate money in American elections,the decision's defenders claimed this wasn't such a big deal because unions could also take advantage of the decision.A new report by three leading voting rights and judicial independence groups gives the lie to this claim.Just three corporate interest groups -The Ohio Chamber of Commerce,the Business Council of Alabama and the Illinois Civil Justice League spent more than 13 times as much trying to influence state supreme court elections as the entire labor movement.The report focuses on the 2009-10 cycle, so it does not include the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court race where incumbent Justice Prosser narrowly defeated a progressive challenger after corporate front groups rode to his rescue with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of funds.
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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)
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