LWVUS Press Release about DISCLOSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 23, 2010
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Contact: Kelly Ceballos
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OBSTRUCTIONIST POLITICS PREVAILS OVER CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

Voters on the Losing Side of Political Gamesmanship

Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters of the U.S. issued the following statement by national League President Elisabeth MacNamara on the obstructionism that prevented the Senate from beginning debate on the DISCLOSE Act today. The DISCLOSE Act aims to restore transparency to U.S. elections after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

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DISCLOSE Act falls short by 1 vote in the Senate

Elisabeth MacNamara, president of LWVUS, reports what happened in the Senate today:

Today in Washington we fell short by just one vote in our continuing battle to pass the DISCLOSE Act, which would restore transparency to U.S. elections by requiring disclosure of corporate and union spending in candidate elections.

She went on to say that we will not give up the fight, and clarifies why:

This bill would require corporate and union CEOs to stand by their ads and expose special interest groups behind last-minute attacks. It stops manipulation of elections by fly-by-night hit groups, and prevents U.S. corporations controlled by foreign – or even hostile – governments from pumping secret money into our elections.

2010 Candidates Meetings Sponsored by League of Women Voters

Huntington

October 7, 7 pm – Junior League Community Center

Cabell County Commission, WV Delegate District 15 and 16, WV Senate District 5

October 21, 6:30 – Woodlands Retirement Community

Cabell County Commission, 16th Delegate District, WV Senate District 5.

Jefferson County

October 4, 7-9, Men’s Club, Corner of German and King Streets, Shepherdstown

WV Senate District 16 and Jefferson County Commission

October 6, 7-9, Men’s Club, Corner of German and King Streets, Shepherdstown

WV Delegate Districts 56 and 58 and county clerk, if confirmed

Wood County

October 7, 7:00 p.m. Council Chambers, City Building, Parkersburg

WV Senate Third District, House of Delegates Districts 9 and 10, Wood County Circuit Clerk, and Wood County Magistrate. Candidates running unopposed will be introduced but will not speak: House of Delegates District 8, Wood County Commission, and Wood County Clerk.

Wood County – WV AARP Sponsored Forum.

October 19, 7 pm. Smoot Theater, Parkersburg. Candidates for West Virginia’s First Congressional District.

Morgantown – Monongalia County

October 4, 7:00 p.m.,  Heritage Village

West Run Ordinance: Informational Meeting – LWV& Public
Speaker: Bader Giggenbach, President of Planning Commission

October 6, 7-9 p.m., Suncrest United Methodist Church, Morgantown, WV

State Senate and County Delegates

October 20, 7-9 p.m., Suncrest United Methodist Church, Morgantown, WV

House of Delegates

Walk Across Usa To Abolish Corporate Personhood

Two brothers,  Laird and Robin Monahan, are walking across the United States from San Francisco to focus attention on the Citizens United v. FEC decision, the issue of corporate personhood, and the need to amend the Constitution to say that corporations are not entitled to personhood rights, and money is not equivalent to free speech.  They will be in the Parkersburg area on September 26, 2010 and in Charleston on September 27, 2010.

Laaird and RObin

While their personal goals are not endorsed by the League of Women Voters, the LWVUS recently issued an action alert about the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act, that failed to pass through the Senate earlier this year, but that is expected to be brought up for a vote again this week.

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released its decision in Citizens United v. FEC on the morning of January 21, 2010, allowing corporations to be considered persons with respect to free speech rights in elections. This was a big victory for entities like Citizens United, which had produced a film called Hillary, The Movie and wanted to show it within 60 days of the primaries, thereby, violating the 2002  McCain–Feingold Act. On the other hand, LWVUS had presented an Amicus Brief in the case that supported retaining existing federal election campaign finance laws governing campaign contributions by corporations. On February 3, 2010, Mary Wilson, president of the LWVUS, released a strong statement before the Committee on House Administration about “Defining the Future of Campaign Finance in an Age of Supreme Court Activism” in response to the SCOTUS decision.  Her conclusion powerfully defines the Leagues sentiments:

Conclusion.  The League of Women Voters believes that the Court’s majority decision in Citizens United v. FEC was fundamentally wrong and a tragic mistake. The majority mistakenly equated corporate free speech rights with those of natural persons.  And the majority confused associations of individuals with corporations.  But this is the decision of the Court.  Even though we believe it will be overturned eventually, both in the judgment of history and in the law, Congress needs to respond now, recognizing its own authority and responsibility to uphold the Constitution.

Until the question of personhood for corporations is resolved, the least that voters should expect is the right to know the identity of those paying for the candidates’ campaigns.

DISCLOSE Act

Take Action
Earlier this year the DISCLOSE Act failed to pass through the Senate. The legislation, which would restore transparency to U.S. elections by requiring disclosure of corporate and union spending in candidate elections, is expected to come up for a vote again this week.

Your Senators could cast the deciding votes. Urge your Senators to protect elections from being controlled by special interest dollars. Tell them that voters deserve to know who is paying for election advertising.

Wood County Voter September 2010

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Voter Information for November 2 Election

VOTER REGISTRATION – Deadline October 12

You must be 18 by November 2 and be a resident of the county. You may register at the Courthouse, drivers license office, public assistance office, agencies that serve people with disabilities, military recruiting offices, or on a special mail-in postcard. Bring Identification.

If you have moved, you may change your address at your new polling place, but you will vote a provisional ballot.

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September Bulletin

Huntington LWV’s September bulletin.

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Women’s Right To Vote – Only 90 Years Ago They Were Jailed

This awesome post has been circulating all over the place.  Many LWVWV members have received it a few times by email, but I am not sure where it originated from.  I am linking the images for this post from Deborah Tutnauer’s Blog.

This is the story of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago.

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