Alliance for Democracy

Citizen United Anniversary/Single Payer/Oregon State Bank events

Posted in Barbara Dudley, Citizens United, corporate personhood, Dan Meek, Dr. Flowers, Jon Batholmew, Oregon State Bank, OSPIRG by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on January 20, 2011

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision one year ago (January 21) opened the flood gates of direct corporate money into America’s elections.  Prior to this decision, corporations had been banned under the Tillman Act of 1907 from using corporate funds to fund federal political campaigns.  According to President Teddy Roosevelt in advocating for the corporate ban said, “All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law; directors should not be permitted to use stockholders’ money for such purposes.”  (more…)


Posted in Citizens United, Constitutional Amendment, corporate personhood, Move to Amend by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on August 27, 2010


Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, looks at the most recent American food crisis in which millions of eggs tainted with salmonella have been recalled from our grocery shelves.  And she makes the correct connection.  When corporations are given constitutional rights, democracy is undermined or overthrown (and our food supply is less safe). And she notes that there is a growing movement of people to amend the US Constitution to make clear the historic relationship between the people and corporations.  That relationship has the people in control of corporations, it has people endowed with rights and corporations having no rights but having obligations and responsibilities. 

Corporate personhood meeting/ Pittsburgh Drilling Ban Ordinance to be Introduced‏

Posted in Campaign contributions, Campaign finance reform, Citizens United, corporate personhood by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on August 18, 2010

  There are a couple of important notices below.

The first is of a meeting sponsored by The Portland City Club with the topic of The Corporate Citizen and Campaign Finance.  With the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in January most of the bars on corporate and union expenditures on political campaigns have been removed and the flow of big money private interests has already begun at unprecedented levels.  I object to the title of the meeting, The Corporate Person, as implying that corporations can be citizens.  Only human beings can be citizens.  Corporations must always be regarded as our creations, as our servants.  Corporations can never be citizens.  John Frohnmayer is the former head of the National Endowment for the Arts as well as Independent Party candidate for the US Senate in which he espoused views considered definitely left of center. The other presenter, Tom Cox, was the Libertarian Party candidate for Oregon governor (2002) and is now active with the Republican party.  Should be an interesting discussion.
Below that is an exciting news release bearing on this question of corporate personhood.  It announces that a City of Pittsburgh city councilperson (a real live human being) will introduce a bill to deny all corporations the right to drill for natural gas within the city.  In addition, the bill recognizes rights that assert legal protections for the right to water, the rights of natural communities, the right to local self-government, and the right of the people to enforce and protect these rights through their municipal government.


Until now all of the rights based organizing and resulting laws recognizing the rights of local communities to decide the fate of their communities have been in very small rural communities, mostly in rural Pennsylvania.  So having a city as large as Pittsburgh consider this is ground breaking.  Read more details below and watch for future updates. (more…)

Does Elena Kagan support corporate free speech rights‏?

Posted in Campaign finance reform, Citizens United, corporate personhood, Uncategorized by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on May 10, 2010

Does  Elena Kagan support the concept of corporate personhood?  Her arguments in Citizens United suggests that she does. (more…)

Riki Ott/David Cobb on ending corporate personhood/Health Care rally‏

  Alliance for Democracy is sponsoring an appearance by David Cobb and Riki Ott on Monday, March 1st who are on tour promoting the amending of the US Constitution to override the US Supreme Court decision giving even more human rights to corporations.  The decision is the Citizens United v FEC issued on Jan 21, 10 in which almost all limitations on corporate and union use of their treasuries on political and candidate elections has been removed (more…)

Alliance for Democracy e-News: February 22, 2010‏

Below is latest e-newsletter from National Alliance for Democracy. Enjoy.  And if you are not a member of the national Alliance for Democracy please consider joining. There is a easy link in the email.  (more…)

Strip corporations of personhood/two AfD sponsored events this weekend

Posted in corporate personhood by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on February 18, 2010

Alliance for Democracy national co-chairs, David Delk and Nancy Price, are published in the on-line version of the Oregonian in an op-ed titled Strip Corporations of Personhood.  Read it and comment if you like at (more…)

Too Much: A Democracy in Disrepair/Supreme Court Decision‏

Each week I receive Too Much – An online weekly on excess and inequality.  I highly recommend it.  It is produced by the Institute for Policy Studies.

If you think that income, wealth and power have been moving upward for the past 30 years, undermining our democracy in the process, then this weekly newsletter is for you.  There In Focus section this week  is especially important in light of the Citizens United (CU) Supreme Court decision last month in which the corporate treasuries were freed of most restrictions to influence (buy) our elections.  While the decision also freed the labor treasuries, the unions don’t have anywhere near the financial resources which corporate America does and will find themselves even more drown out than they are at present. 

Paul Cienfuegoes, Feb 26th.‏

Posted in Alliance for Democracy, corporate personhood, Paul Cienfuego by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on January 24, 2010

The Alliance for Democracy and others have been working for some time to bring Paul Cienfuegos to Portland since he was here for the EconVergence in October. But his appearance is even more timely now in light of the US Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United vs FEC. The US Supreme Court has let loose the corporate treasuries on the political process in the United States. Never has it been more clear that continuing to win our political, environmental and economic battles one at a time will not work and that new approaches are needed. (more…)

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