Looks like we have another shot at undermining Citizens United.
New Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairwoman Mary Jo White is considering a rules change that would require corporations to disclose their political spending. The best part: this solution totally circumvents Congress, which is way too flooded with corporate money to take action.
Already ALEC, the Chamber of Commerce, and major oil companies have begun to freak out about the possible change. (Which is usually a good sign we’re doing something right.)[…]
In the 2012 elections, corporations spent a record $6 billion on electoral spending, much of it funnelled through super-PACs designed to conceal their real source. The secretive nature of campaign spending allows CEOs and boards to spend company money with zero oversight from investors, customers, or the general public.
Forcing companies to disclose their political spending would make them answerable to investers, customers, and American citizens. It’s the first step toward saving our democracy from the influence of corporate money.(via
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