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NAACP: States systematically taking away voting rights for blacks and Latinos

December 5, 2011
Ed Pilkington

The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is petitioning the UN over what it sees as a concerted efforted to disenfranchise black and Latino voters ahead of next year's presidential election.

The organisation will this week present evidence to the UN high commissioner on human rights of what it contends is a conscious attempt to "block the vote" on the part of state legislatures across the US. Next March the NAACP will send a delegation of legal experts to Geneva to enlist the support of the UN human rights council.

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Missoula Voters Say Corporations Are Not People, Demand Constitutional Amendment

November 8, 2011
Keila Szpaller

Corporations aren't people, an overwhelming 75 percent of Missoula voters said Tuesday, and they don't want corporations treated like people either.

"I'm over the moon about it," said Councilwoman Cynthia Wolken, who brought the referendum to the Missoula City Council to place on the ballot.

The measure - similar to others across the country - calls on the U.S. Congress and state leaders to amend the U.S. Constitution to say that "corporations are not human beings." It earned 10,729 votes in favor and 3,605 against.

Missoula City Council Puts Corporate Rights Measure on Ballot

August 23, 2011
Keila Szpaller

The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing from Missoula.

At its regular meeting, the Missoula City Council voted to place a referendum on the 2011 ballot that urges federal and state lawmakers to amend the U.S. Constitution "to clearly state that corporations are not human beings and do not have the same rights as citizens."

The council voted 9-1 with one abstention to move forward on the resolution presented by Councilwoman Cynthia Wolken. Councilwoman Renee Mitchell abstained; Councilman Dick Haines voted no and tried to shush the mayor from voicing his support.

Missoula City Council to Consider Placing Corporate Personhood Resolution on Ballot

August 18, 2011
Keila Szpaller

When Missoula City Councilwoman Cynthia Wolken knocked on doors in her ward this year, she heard a disappointing theme among constituents.

"I heard an overwhelming sense of despair about government," Wolken said Wednesday.

People don't believe their voices are heard, especially at the state and federal levels, she said. And they believe campaign dollars are distorting democracy.

"A lot of people feel what they say doesn't matter because somebody with more money will come along and drown out their voices," she said at a Committee of the Whole meeting.

At one time, Wolken, who represents Ward 2, said she could have convinced them otherwise. But not since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citizens United.

LA TIMES: Senator asks IRS to investigate tax-exempt groups' political spending

September 30, 2010
Michael A. Memoli

A senior Democratic senator asked the IRS Wednesday to investigate third-party groups he says are manipulating tax-exempt status for political gain.

Since the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United vs. the FEC, political spending by such outside groups has exploded. Democrats have long said that because such spending has favored Republican candidates, the party's advantage in fundraising over Republican counterparts has been neutralized.

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Full text of Baucus' letter below, as posted by David Swanson (emphasis added.)

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