1. Citizens United
2.Overturn Citizens United v. FEC that stripped out government rules constraining free political campaign financing by non-profit groups. The decision made in embrace of a radically conservative, business-friendly Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John Roberts is in view of a fantasyland – that enormous gifts won’t impact or degenerate the candidates and authorities who benefit from them. Under this light, it gave non-profits and unions, now called SuperPacs, the green light to spend limitless amounts on political promotions and other political instruments, promoting or thrashing of individual candidates.
Conservative tycoons, hedge funds and Wall Street titans, are spending incredible measures of dark cash to purchase races. The Koch Brothers (David and Charles) alone have plans to spend $889 million on 2016 election cycle. The virulently Islamophobic Pro-Israeli billionaires like Sheldon Adelson and Paul Singer are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to defeat peace processes in the Middle East.Enormous cash in legislative issues is the most concerning issue we confront as a nation.
Corporations in the U.S. exercise an unreasonable measure of impact over the administration. The measure of corporate cash in decisions makes it for all intents and purposes unthinkable for individuals need to serve the general population’s interests to be suitable competitors. Bringing down the voter’s maximum gift to $100 guarantees that the rich won’t just purchase elections.
For starters, implement the Disclose Act proposal of 2010 ( H.R. 5175 (S.3628-Senate), bill introduced in the U.S. House by Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) and in the U.S. Senate by Charles Schumer (D-New York)).This legislation would have required organizations spending money in elections—including tax-exempt 501(c)(4) groups—to promptly disclose donors who have given $10,000 or more during an election cycle. At a minimum, it would have enforced a mandatory disclosure of all sources of campaign spending. In addition, liberal and progressive candidates for Democratic nomination should pledge to their voters to appoint Supreme Court justices who oppose Citizens United. “If there was one decision I would overrule, it would be Citizens United.I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be”, said Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate Justice of the Supreme Court in September 28, 2014.
Empowering developments are mounting because of the defilement of our political system. For example, 70 previous individuals from Congress have met up to frame the bipartisan ReFormers Caucus to press for campaign finance reform. Also, another group, 99Rise, has pushed for a campaign to reveal and dispose of secret cash from Washington’s campaign system. Americans are equally hostile to the decision: A national poll released by Bloomberg Politics in September 2015 found that 83 percent of respondents want Citizens United overturned, while only 17 percent support the ruling. That included eighty-three percent of Democrats want to overturn it, as do 80 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of self-declared independents.
In June 2015, 26 senators and 104 representatives sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to at least require disclosure by federal contractors. With a stroke of his pen, President Obama can help address one especially troubling issue of dark cash spending. He can issue an Executive Order requiring companies that are awarded federal contracts to unveil their political gifts. Please sign Change.org petition urging President Obama to issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors disclose all of their political spending.
Similarly, in August, 2015, 44 U.S. senators asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require public companies to disclose political spending to their shareholders.