1. Watch the Cone: Ben of Ben & Jerry’s Stamps Money Out of Politics


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    • Heather Gerken on Dollars v. Democracy


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      This week the Supreme Court began its new term with a case that could further upend campaign finance laws by allowing individual donors to give millions of dollars to candidates and political parties. McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission has been billed as Citizens United 2.0, referring to the 2010 decision that gave corporations, unions and the rich the opportunity to pour vast and often anonymous amounts of cash into political campaigns. This week on Moyers & Company, Bill talks with Yale Law School election and constitutional law professor Heather Gerken, who warns that the fallout from McCutcheon could be even more damaging to our democracy than Citizens United. McCutcheon challenges caps on how much individual donors can give to candidates and political parties and could raise the amount to more than $3.5 million. The overall cap currently stands at $123,200 per donor for the 2014 election cycle. Gerken says if the court rules in favor of McCutcheon, one donor could write a check that covering a politician's entire election campaign. "We're going to start to worry about the bad old days when politicians were beholden to an incredibly small group of wealthy donors ... Right now when politicians want to raise money, they have to talk to at least middle class voters. They have to talk to a pretty big number of voters to raise money for their campaigns." Gerken fears that a small rich group would not only influence the outcome of elections, but policy decisions, as well. "It's not just a seat at the table on election day. It's a seat at the table for the next four to six years when they're governing," Gerken says. "Wall Street is going to be controlling the congressional agenda, Main Street is not."

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      • Religious Liberty for Corporations


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        After corporations got free speech rights with Citizens United, they're now on their way to getting freedom of religion. With the "Hobby Lobby" case before the Supreme Court, the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act may fall and corporations may get the freedom to worship. Corporations are rapidly becoming real, live humans! (You can read more on my website.)

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        • Are Corporations People?


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          According to the U.S. Supreme Court, corporations are people. The Overpass Light Brigade visited a busy overpass pedestrian bridge over the Beltline in Madison, Wisconsin to confidently state that CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE! Judging by the number of supportive democrabeeps it is safe to say that most Wisconsinites feel the same.

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          • The Story of Citizens United vs. FEC


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            The Story of Citizens United v. FEC explores the history of the American corporation and corporate political spending, the appropriate roles of citizens and for-profit corporations in a democracy and the toxic impact the Citizens United v. FEC decision is having on our political process. It ends with a call to amend the U.S. constitution to confirm that people―not corporations―make the decisions in a democracy.

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            • Weekly Address: No Corporate Takeover of Our Democracy


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              The President calls out Republicans for blocking campaign finance reforms that would address last year’s Supreme Court decision opening the floodgates of corporate money into elections.

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              • Is Labor A Lost Cause? July 6, 2012 Full Show


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                Learn more at http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-is-l…r-a-lost-cause/ Bill opens this week’s show by explaining how last week’s Supreme Court decision not to reconsider Citizens United exposes the hoax that Citizens United was ever about “free” speech. In reality, Bill says in a broadcast essay, it’s about carpet bombing elections “with all the tonnage your rich paymasters want to buy.” Also lost in the Supreme media chatter last week: a disturbing ruling in Knox vs. SEIU Local 1000 that restricts labor unions from directing collected dues toward political causes. There’s no similar limit on corporations, naturally – yet another indication that the power and status of modern unions is waning, especially when compared to the unbridled influence of Corporate America. With a sharp decline in union membership, a legion of new enemies, and a series of legal and legislative setbacks, can unions rebound and once again act strongly in the interest of ordinary workers? On this week’s Moyers & Company, Bill talks to two people who can best answer the question: Stephen Lerner and Bill Fletcher, Jr. The architect of the SEIU’s Justice for Janitors movement, Lerner directed SEIU’s private equity project, which worked to expose a Wall Street feeding frenzy that left the working class in a state of catastrophe. Fletcher took his Harvard degree to the Massachusetts shipyards, and worked as a welder before becoming a labor activist. He served as assistant to the president of the AFL-CIO, and is author of the upcoming book They’re Bankrupting Us – And 20 Other Myths About Unions. Later in the show, Bill talks with and invites readings by poet Philip Appleman, whose creativity spans a long life filled with verse, fiction, philosophy, religion… and Darwinism. Appleman’s latest collection is Perfidious Proverbs. Bill Moyers is back! Check your local listings for air times: http://billmoyers.com/schedule

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                • The One-Percent Court September 14, 2012 Full Show


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                  Because of partisan gridlock in Washington, the Supreme Court has become the most powerful and outspoken branch of government – decisions they make shape our democracy’s fate for generations to come. Now, one has only to look at Bush v. Gore, Citizens United, and the Affordable Care Act rulings to understand why some call it a “one-percent Court” -- dedicated by majority rule to preserving the power and influence of a minority of wealthy special interests. This week on Moyers & Company, The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and Jamie Raskin, constitutional law professor and Maryland state senator, join Bill to discuss how the uncontested power of the Supreme Court is changing our elections, our country, and our lives. The two joined forces for a special upcoming issue of The Nation entitled “The One Percent Court.” Also on the program, Bill talks with Craig Unger, author of Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power, about Rove’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering and collaborations to once again affect the outcome of a presidential election.

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                  • Weekly Address: Giving Government Back to the American People


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                    As the President beats back lobbyists seeking to weaken Wall Street Reform, he talks about an even broader threat that would vastly expand the influence of massive industries and their lobbyists in Washington. A recent Supreme Court decision opened the floodgates for corporations, including foreign corporations, to spend endless money on political ads that would give them even more power at the expense of American families – the President pledges to fight for reforms to stem that influence.

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                    • United States of John Roberts


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                      First, there was Citizens United. Now, with the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the McCutcheon case, our nation's campaign finance laws have been "eviscerated," in the words of the dissenting justices. Cashocracy, here we come! (Read more on my website.)

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