Black People : Court ruling allows the oustourcing of who will influence US government?

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Manchurian Candidates:
    Supreme Court allows China and others

    unlimited spending in US elections

    Thursday, January 21, 2010
    By Greg Palast | Updated from the original report for AlterNet

    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    In today's Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Court ruled that corporations should be treated the same as "natural persons", i.e. humans. Well, in that case, expect the Supreme Court to next rule that Wal-Mart can run for President.

    The ruling, which junks federal laws that now bar corporations from stuffing campaign coffers, will not, as progressives fear, cause an avalanche of corporate cash into politics. Sadly, that's already happened: we have been snowed under by tens of millions of dollars given through corporate PACs and "bundling" of individual contributions from corporate pay-rollers.

    The Court's decision is far, far more dangerous to U.S. democracy. Think: Manchurian candidates.

    I'm losing sleep over the millions — or billions — of dollars that could flood into our elections from ARAMCO, the Saudi Oil corporation's U.S. unit; or from the maker of "New Order" fashions, the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Or from Bin Laden Construction corporation. Or Bin Laden Destruction Corporation.

    Right now, corporations can give loads of loot through PACs. While this money stinks (Barack Obama took none of it), anyone can go through a PAC's federal disclosure filing and see the name of every individual who put money into it. And every contributor must be a citizen of the USA.

    But under today's Supreme Court ruling that corporations can support candidates without limit, there is nothing that stops, say, a Delaware-incorporated handmaiden of the Burmese junta from picking a Congressman or two with a cache of loot masked by a corporate alias.

    Candidate Barack Obama was one sharp speaker, but he would not have been heard, and certainly would not have won, without the astonishing outpouring of donations from two million Americans. It was an unprecedented uprising-by-PayPal, overwhelming the old fat-cat sources of funding.

    Well, kiss that small-donor revolution goodbye. Under the Court's new rules, progressive list serves won't stand a chance against the resources of new "citizens" such as CNOOC, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation. Maybe UBS (United Bank of Switzerland), which faces U.S. criminal prosecution and a billion-dollar fine for fraud, might be tempted to invest in a few Senate seats. As would XYZ Corporation, whose owners remain hidden by "street names."

    George Bush's former Solicitor General Ted Olson argued the case to the court on behalf of Citizens United, a corporate front that funded an attack on Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primary. Olson's wife died on September 11, 2001 on the hijacked airliner that hit the Pentagon. Maybe it was a bit crude of me, but I contacted Olson's office to ask how much "Al Qaeda, Inc." should be allowed to donate to support the election of his local congressman.

    Olson has not responded.

    The danger of foreign loot loading into U.S. campaigns, not much noted in the media chat about the Citizens case, was the first concern raised by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who asked about opening the door to "mega-corporations" owned by foreign governments. Olson offered Ginsburg a fudge, that Congress might be able to prohibit foreign corporations from making donations, though Olson made clear he thought any such restriction a bad idea.

    Tara Malloy, attorney with the Campaign Legal Center of Washington D.C. says corporations will now have more rights than people. Only United States citizens may donate or influence campaigns, but a foreign government can, veiled behind a corporate treasury, dump money into ballot battles.

    Malloy also noted that under the law today, human-people, as opposed to corporate-people, may only give $2,300 to a presidential campaign. But hedge fund billionaires, for example, who typically operate through dozens of corporate vessels, may now give unlimited sums through each of these "unnatural" creatures.

    And once the Taliban incorporates in Delaware, they could ante up for the best democracy money can buy.

    In July, the Chinese government, in preparation for President Obama's visit, held diplomatic discussions in which they skirted issues of human rights and Tibet. Notably, the Chinese, who hold a $2 trillion mortgage on our Treasury, raised concerns about the cost of Obama's health care reform bill. Would our nervous Chinese landlords have an interest in buying the White House for an opponent of government spending such as Gov. Palin? Ya betcha!

    The potential for foreign infiltration of what remains of our democracy is an adjunct of the fact that the source and control money from corporate treasuries (unlike registered PACs), is necessarily hidden. Who the heck are the real stockholders? Or as Butch asked Sundance, "Who are these guys?"
    We'll never know.

    Hidden money funding, whether foreign or domestic, is the new venom that the Court has injected into the system by its expansive decision in Citizens United.

    We've been there. The 1994 election brought Newt Gingrich to power in a GOP takeover of the Congress funded by a very strange source.

    Congressional investigators found that in crucial swing races, Democrats had fallen victim to a flood of last-minute attack ads funded by a group called, "Coalition for Our Children's Future." The $25 million that paid for those ads came, not from concerned parents, but from a corporation called "Triad Inc."

    Evidence suggests Triad Inc. was the front for the ultra-right-wing billionaire Koch Brothers and their private petroleum company, Koch Industries. Had the corporate connection been proven, the Kochs and their corporation could have faced indictment under federal election law. As of today, such money-poisoned politicking has become legit.

    So it's not just un-Americans we need to fear but the Polluter-Americans, Pharma-mericans, B

    full article;
    http://www.gregpalast.com/supreme-court-to-ok-al-qaeda-donation-for-sarah-palin/#more-3233
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  2. anAfrican

    anAfrican Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Say It Loud: "oops upside yo head".

    this (corps as natural humans) opens the door to any of them making use of the same laws that protect me and thee: harassment, discrimination, "right" to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" [read "right to any and all profits by any means"]. now no one can complain that that corp is cheating/stealing cause now it's slander/libel. right to bear arms; corp cops/armies. and they can spend more on lawyers .. well, that ain't new, but watch the new flood of corp lawsuits against those that refuse to partake of their shoddy products: they'll find some way to say that folks be raping them!

    oh, and that "Triad, Inc."? how about "Yakuza Motors", "S.Am CannCoca Teas, Ltd.", "KONA Green", "S.Af Arms", "WiseGuy Liquidators", "Red&Blue Protection Services, ComptonCA", "BGD Motorcycles, LLC" ... and they are "corporate natural-humans" as well!!

    y'all go on ahead and keep this dream of getting up out of this mess with "economic power", "community businesses" and the rest of the supremelunacy mess y'all love to chase after! it STILL ain't gonna benefit you or get you anyplace!! except to "Keep The[ir] Dream Alive!". smh

    our network of homeless shelters will be ready and waiting for ya!! and we're always "hiring" service personnel!!

    "TheFatLady" done started Her Song ...

    can you say "sayonara" to the "GoodOleRedWhiteandBlack"(tm)*? i knew you could!

    [*that's my definition of the recently deceased "GoodOleUSofA"(tm).

    don't whine at me about how y'all don't own a piece of her or that she don't care about you since y'all won't raise a hand except to b1tch about her - any vets here? er .. that is volunteer vets; not "conscripted vets" ("enlist or go to prison" <shudder> is conscription).]
     
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    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Man That was deep about organized crime oficialy syndicating and incorporating.
    That oPened a can of worms and now it's time to go fishing,

    any one remeber BCCI?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVXroOSAqMU
    Carlos Marcello and the first Wolrd trade center in New Orleans?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exXDcu-yRiw
    Joe Bonnano and Permindex?
    http://video.google.com/videosearch...8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wv#q=joe+bonnano&hl=en&emb=0
    or how about Xe(Blackwater) and the Knights of Malta?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x6iyRNFNkg

    Yakuza motors!!!
    Right on point! The Yakuza are knee deep in Japanese finance and politics
    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/t...ectors/banking_and_finance/article4621950.ece
    http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/organized_crime/41687
     
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    how much for that "birth right"?

    sadly, having gotten tired of hearing from that noisy boy, everybody is running around trying to find the "emporer's new tailor" and the wolf is, this time, eating chicken little!!

    <shrug> "none so blind ...", eh?

    it's spelled b-u-s-i-n-e-s-s but it's pronounced "con artist" ... and they done laced that porridge!
     
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    And the evidence is out that the republicans are getting offshore funds for November
     
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    CORPORATE ETHICS
    The Chamber's Foreign Influence

    Following the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in January, the right-wing U.S. Chamber of Commerce has taken record-breaking steps to influence the 2010 midterm elections. Pledging to spend an unprecedented $75 million this year, the Chamber is in the midst of launching one of the largest partisan attack campaigns to defeat Democrats, including candidates like Jack Conway (KY), Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA), Jerry Brown (CA), Rep. Joe Sestak (PA) and Rep. Tom Perriello (VA). Having aired more than 8,000 campaign ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates alone and having spent 85 percent of its current expenditure on Republicans, the Chamber's spending has "dwarfed every other issue group and most political party candidate committee spending." It is well-established that the Chamber has used dues from corporations like health insurance giant Aetna to try to defeat health care reform, received contributions from bailed-out banks to lobby against Wall Street reform, and solicited funds from Fox News' parent company News Corporation for its election season attack campaign. But a new ThinkProgress investigation reveals that the Chamber is leveraging foreign companies to help fund its activities. Foreign corporations that join the Chamber pay dues that go into the Chamber's general account, which the Chamber then employs to fund its attack campaign. The Chamber "firmly denies the charge, saying its internal accounting rules prevent any foreign money from being used for political purposes." But, as a New York Times editorial notes today, foreign money is fungible, so "it is impossible for an outsider to know whether the group is following its rules."

    www.pr.thinkprogress.org
     
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