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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

Dark Money Group’s Donors Revealed

by Kim Barker, ProPublica, and Rick Young and Emma Schwartz, Frontline | @Kim_Barker

Bank records released under a court order show that Western Tradition Partnership’s donors included an Oklahoma businessman, a Colorado builder and other dark money groups linked to Ron Paul.

This story was co-published with PBS Frontline.


by Suevon Lee | @suevlee


In many states, voters will be asked to weigh in on a slew of measures and proposals, whether comprehensible or not.


by Jennifer LaFleur | @j_la28


Not all long-term care residents get to exercise their right to vote. Dozens of nursing homes have violated residents’ voting rights. Find out more using our Nursing Home Inspect database.


by Amanda Zamora, Jeremy B. Merrill and Al Shaw | @amzam, @jeremybmerrill, and @A_L


We want a better picture of who’s behind the Vegas ad blitz, which is why we’re declaring an Election Day Challenge here at ProPublica. The mission? To liberate Las Vegas.

More coverage: Free the Files


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