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Tim Walz deserves praise, not attacks, for his leadership on DISCLOSE Act


Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Last January, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned decades of law, giving corporations the power to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence U.S. elections. After the Court's ruling in the "Citizens United" case, there are no restrictions on foreign companies, or corporations that received bailout money, or even companies that hold massive government contracts, from spending millions to elect politicians who will give them whatever they want.

Now, powerful corporations like BP or AIG can spend millions of dollars on attack ads, hiding behind innocuous sounding names such as "Citizens United," as they influence our elections, and corrupt our political process. Without quick Congressional action, there will be no way to hold them accountable; no way to even know who is pulling the strings.

The only possible way ordinary voters have a chance against the corporate powers after the Supreme Court ruling is if there is disclosure of who is behind costly ad campaigns. The Court argued that the American people will be able to decide the merits of ads if there is disclosure. This means that while Congress can't put a limit on how much a corporation can spend, they can make the CEOs and top executives stand by their ads so the public can see who is funding these expensive campaign attacks.

Fortunately, the U.S. House has acted to require disclosure so that the public can know which corporations are spending to influence the election. Although the legislation is not perfect, the DISCLOSE ACT will provide some transparency for voters now. If we were to let even one election go by under these current rules, it could forever change our democracy.

Congressman Tim Walz stood up to the Wall Street bankers, successfully pushing a provision in the legislation to prohibit those bankers from spending taxpayer money from the bailout to influence elections. Rep. Walz deserves praise for his leadership on the DISCLOSE legislation -- he certainly did not deserve the attacks he received from his opponent, Randy Demmer.

The vast majority of people from across the nation think that our democracy is supposed to serve people, not corporations. Most people thought corporate lobbyists already had too much clout before the Supreme Court decision.

Tim Walz stood with the people of southern Minnesota in this high-stakes fight against Wall Street, big business and their corporate lobbyists. The DISCLOSE Act prohibits foreign-owned companies, .....
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One Moment Please - The next election

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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As July creeps by in the unassuming resemblance of a mid-summer nights dream, politicians plot and plan like General Petreaus on a victory voyage scheduled for an early ..... 
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Congressional hearings are not about the witness

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Even before Tony Hayward, the embattled CEO of BP, appeared in front of a House investigative subcommittee on June 17, everyone knew why he was there. It was not to apologize for the Gulf oil spill or to explain his company's behavior - though all o ..... 
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Who's to blame for the oil spill?

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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The gulf oil spill disaster has too many parents to do DNA testing to sort it all out. It is tragic, not just for the poor people in the Gulf States, for the whole country. Assigning blame has sucked all the a ..... 
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Each of us can help sooth The beast threatening our economic future

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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Ever rising health care costs and an aging population are driving so-called "entitlement" program expenses through the roof, growing much faster than even a robust economy. Over the past decade the cost of t ..... 
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It's tough to give Americans what they want

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

The Gulf oil spill has laid bare a series of shortcomings in the government's ability both to prevent and to respond to such a crisis, and the result is spiraling public frustration. But it might not hurt for members of the public to save a little o ..... 
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Online article comments at fillmorecountyjournal.com

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

All online comments are unedited and presented as published by the original author.

In response to a commentary titled: Catastrophe, published in the Journal on June 28, 2010

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Article comment by: Fr ..... 
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Catastrophe - 6/28/10

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Imagine thousands of barrels of oil day after day gushing out of a Fillmore County field and spreading across our agricultural land, through our grasslands and forests and into our springfed streams. Property values plummet, businesses close, jobs a ..... 
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There is no substitute for robust oversight

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, it seems like every day brings new word of some calamitous failing at the Minerals Management Service, the federal agency charged with regulating offshore oil drilling. There's an inspector-general's report citing ..... 
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