Citizens United


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Peabody Energy Discloses Extensive Payments to Climate Denial Groups

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Aside from the sheer amount of money Peabody devoted to climate denial, what shocks me most about the bankruptcy filings is how much we didn’t know without them. A startling lack of transparency surrounds corporate political activities, and these documents prove it. Read more >

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A Point For Democracy: Obama Advances Toward an Executive Order on Political Disclosure for Federal Contractors

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Last June, I wrote an open letter to President Obama asking him to issue an executive order to bring more transparency to corporate political disclosure. This is a step that I, along with many others, want to see Obama take before he leaves office—and now it just may happen. Read more >

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Why We Need an Executive Order on Political Spending: An Open Letter to President Obama

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Dear President Obama,

You’ve had a great week. With the Affordable Care Act upheld and nationwide marriage equality now the law, you must feel like celebrating. But wait!  Why not carry this momentum and take another step that would increase the equality and well-being of Americans?  I’m talking about an executive order asking government contractors to disclose their political spending. Read more >

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Who Stands with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Climate Change? New Data Says Few (Still)

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Last year the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy Karen Alderman Harbert had some trouble articulating the business group’s position on climate change. During a hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Menendez asked Ms. Harbert if the Chamber believed climate change was real and human-caused—yes or no. Read more >

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Three Ways Citizens United Helped Undermine Science Policy Debates

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Five years ago next week the Supreme Court issued a decision that would soon have major impacts on our political system.  In Citizens United v. FEC, the court ruled that spending limits violated free speech, opening the floodgates to vastly increased political spending by corporate interests. Read more >

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