Raw Story, August 21, 2010: President Barack Obama Saturday urged Republican leaders in Congress not to block a bill aimed at reducing the role of big corporations and foreign entities in domestic elections. "This should not be a Democratic issue or a Republican issue," Obama said in his weekly radio address. "This is an issue that goes to whether or not we will have a democracy that works for ordinary Americans — a government of, by, and for the people." The president was referring to a landmark decision earlier this year by the US Supreme Court that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in elections could not be limited under the First Amendment to the constitution. Obama said the ruling had allowed big corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence US elections without even having to reveal the real players behind the effort. READ THE FULL STORY


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