As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United ruling -- which holds that corporations are legal persons and money is "free speech" -- big moneyed interests are now allowed to spend unlimited amounts on political campaigns.
Since the 2010 ruling, political contributions going directly to Congress from the oil and gas industry jumped from $14 million in 2010 to $25 million in 2014. And the back-scratching has been mutual: Members of Congress turned around and launched a 660 percent increase in legislative attacks on the Endangered Species Act and wildlife like American burying beetles and sage grouse, whose protection was in conflict with fossil fuel projects.
Fortunately senators on Capitol Hill have put forth Senate Bill 6 and Senate Joint Resolution 5 -- the "We the People Package" -- to make campaign reform a priority for the next Congress. The bills would put limits on campaign contributions, mandate public disclosures, and require all candidates running for federal office to report donations over $1,000.
August 11, 2016 Action Alert ID# 409
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