Comments for: Can we stop the PACs?

Posted March 07, 2012, at 4:03 p.m.

In 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court authorized unlimited political spending by corporations in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The result has been a green light to super PAC spending, much of which remains anonymous. The consequences of the court decision and political action committee influence are …

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  • Anonymous

    Corporations are people. The CEO is a person, the janitor cleaning the toilets is a person. The secretary is a person. The director of engineering is a person. Money donated to PAC come from them and it is not tax deductible.  How do you think the corporation writes a check? That would be the finance department and they are humans too.

    • Anonymous

       It is true that people work for corporations. But it is not true that a corporate entity is a person. It is profits that pay for these contributions and lobbyists. Profits garnered in part from tax breaks, subsidies, public assistance wages, etc. I do not think they give employees a vote on what they support. They support whomever will ensure bigger profits. Sure probably the Board of Directors composed of people decide how and where the money should be spent but it is not their money they are spending. It is the corporations money. I am a person, Walmart is not.

      • Anonymous

        Then after delivering 60 or 80 mill in campaign money they can then call in favors to remove laws enabling them to do things like, oh i dunno let bankers invest our social security and 401k’s and loose it then go to court, and say things like my hands are clean i broke no laws.Wonder how many trillion’s of dollars they managed to steal from honest American’s that way sitting in some guys off shore bank account.

    • Anonymous

      So you think PAC money is good for American elections? 

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how different this Republican primary would be without super PACs propping up certain candidates.

    • Anonymous

       I wonder how different it would be if people turned off the tv while these ads are airing. I cannot believe given all the press about big money influencing elections that anyone, anywhere believes that anything said in these ads has any merit at all.

  • Anonymous

    Hooray for whomever put that on the agenda. I hope Bangor joins the communities that have already made this resolution. 

  • Anonymous

    Just to be clear, I never mentioned that PAC was good or bad, all I said was corporations are made of people and the corporation cannot write a check to PAC without it first being approved by people. Lets not twist facts to fit the agenda. Personally there is no candidate that I could vote for, whether communist, republucan, democrat, socialist, green tea bagger, federal labor, whether they are supported by PAC or by Roger Putin, if they smoked grass or go to church every day.  But I will vote for someone because you can always write in a candidate not on the ballot. I think I will vote for Kayak O’momma.

    • Anonymous

      You are correct, it takes people to initiate the check, however “people” are limited to $2500 donations.  If corporations are people then they too should be subject to the same limit. 

  • Anonymous

    So, as I read between the lines, this author is saying we need to stop all those conservative organizations from spending money to get their candidates elected. Obviously, the only way they got people to vote was by spending outlandish amounts of money and deceiving the voters.

  • Anonymous

    Outlaw PACS.  One person, one act of free speech.  They can start by outlawing AIPAC.  

  • Anonymous

    Most corporations are owned by the public. Shareholders may be Republicans, Democrats. Independents or anything else and the same is true for employees. Shareholders are finally beginning to demand that all corporate political contributions are fully disclosed and employees should demand the same. No one wants to work for a company who’s CEO likes to fund his or her pet candidates with undisclosed corporate donations.  Corporate earnings are owned by shareholders and generated by the total workforce, not just the CEO.

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