Tues 8/21: Kavanaugh-t Tuesday – The fifth vote for more Citizens United nonsense.

This quote by Bernie gets corporate knickers in a twist, but it clearly expresses what most voters want – a Supreme Court Justice who will limit corporate money in politics, not someone who will abolish abortion or gay marriage. Kavanaugh, if confirmed, will continue the line of decisions that created Citizens United, further demolishing the principle of political equality, limiting our ability to combat corruption and encouraging the bizarre spectacle of for-profit, secular corporations suing to avoid laws due to their “religious values“. The Hobby Lobby win, which was dependent on Citizens United ruling, opened a Pandora’s box of religious divisiveness. It immediately allowed secular corporations to deny women access to any contraceptives that they found “theologically objectionable“.

Action #1 – We need to start reversing Citizens United…

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [__] to closely question Brett Kavanaugh on his record and views regarding the Citizens United and Hobby Lobby decisions and similar actions. Agreement with these decisions is grounds for a negative vote.

Contact your Legislator
Senator Feinstein: email DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com

Action #2 –  Start thinking about your signs!

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/215280449323095/

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Background

At bottom, the Court’s opinion (in Citizens United) is thus a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self-government since the founding, and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore Roosevelt,” he wrote. “It is a strange time to repudiate that common sense. While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics.” – SCOTUS John Paul Stevens, dissent to Citizens United

Since Citizens United, the Court has:

  • declared the Arizona Free Enterprise Club v. Bennett (2011) unconstitutional, a state Clean Elections Act unconstitutional
  • overturned the 100-year-old Montana Corrupt Practices Act in American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock (2012),
  • gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Shelby County v. Holder (2013)
  • invalidated aggregate contribution limits in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (2014), always with the same 5-4 majority.
  • allowed for-profit secular corporations like Hobby Lobby to challenge laws on the grounds that that corporations not only can choose which politicians to support or oppose on Election Day but also can decide are invalid infringements on their “religious freedom.” (common cause)(latimes)

Reading

  • Money unlimited (newyorker)
  • The Numbers Don’t Lie (slate)
  • Justice Kenndy and Judge Kavanaugh (Americanpromise)
  • On Kavanaugh and Campaign Finance (ElectionLawBlog)
  • The gospel of Citizens United, In Hobby Lobby, corporations pray for the right to deny workers contraception. (pfaw)
  • Hobby Lobby and the legacy of Citizens United (common cause)
  • The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision continues to echo (latimes)
  • In Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court chooses religion over science (motherjones)
  • US justices uphold firms’ religious objections to contraception (reuters)
  • 10 ways Citizens United endangers Democracy (demos.org)
  • If corporations are people, they should act like it. (theatlantic)
  • The Hobby Lobby mess: 3 quick facts you need to know (forbes)

 

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