The Financial Campaign Reform is Facing a Setback

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Those of us who want financial campaign finance reform are facing a setback as Senate Republicans locked arms and filibustered the Disclose Act. The Disclose Act is a basket of campaign finance reforms that includes not allowing foreign entities to spend money on American political campaigns, prohibiting certain contractors who get large sums of government money from lobbying from buying campaign ads or supporting candidates, and requiring candidates and groups to disclose their funding in campaign materials. The Supreme Court, in a series of decisions over the past 130 years, has brought us to a truly bizarres place. When Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and Madison shepherded through the constitution, they were clear that they were creating a government of,by and for, we the people, and by people, they meant human beings. But starting in the late 19th century the Supreme Court began to give these rights and powers of citizenship and personhood to entities such as corporations and churches - a proposition that would have horrified the founders. No congress has ever proposed that corporations should have the power to participate as persons in elections, and no president has ever proposed or signed such legislation. This is entirely a creation of the activist judges on the supreme court, and now that legislators are trying to soften it's effects, Republicans are siding with the Supreme Court to keep corporations as people.

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