-By Paul Blumenthal
July 13, 2011- Congressional Democrats are stepping up support for transparency in corporate political spending ahead of the 2012 elections.
On Wednesday Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) held a press conference to introduce a bill that would put more power in shareholder hands in decisions over corporate political spending, as well as require public disclosure of those spending decisions.
July 13, 2011
WASHINGTON – U.S Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) held a press conference today to introduce The Shareholder Protection Act, which requires a shareholder vote before corporate treasury funds are spent on political campaigns. The Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC declared corporations to be citizens, giving them the right to spend unlimited funds on elections and calling that spending an expression of their free speech rights. This legislation would give shareholders a say in that political spending. Original co-sponsors of the bill include Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA) is also introducing an identical bill in the House of Representatives today.
-By Ian Millhiser
July 9, 2011- Sixteen senators led by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) submitted a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder last week asking him to examine whether the Voting Rights Act’s prohibitions on laws preventing minorities from voting invalidate so-called “voter ID” laws, which effectively disenfranchise thousands of elderly, disabled, and low-income voters:
-By Henry Blodget
July 9, 2011- Bombshell news out of London, as the News Corp phone-hacking scandal continues to reverberate.
A member of the British Parliament, Alan Johnson, has said that James Murdoch "could face prosecution" over his role in the phone-hacking, the Telegraph has reported.
July 11, 2011- Washington, D.C. –Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called on the House and Senate to investigate whether journalists working for Rupert Murdoch’s News International (NI), owned by News Corp., have hacked into the voicemail of Americans.
Despite claims by NI executives that the phone hacking scandal enveloping Murdoch and his media empire was confined to the now-defunct News of the World, new evidence shows other Murdoch papers used the same tactics. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was repeatedly targeted for more than a decade by other Murdoch publications.
Further, a former New York City police officer claims he was offered money by News of the World journalists to retrieve the phone records of 9/11 victims and their families.
Activists Demand Full Accountability as Phone Hacking Scandal Spreads Across The Atlantic
The government accountability group ProtectOurElections.org is urging the FBI and the SEC to launch parallel criminal and civil investigations into Rupert Murdoch's media empire in the United States for possible prosecution under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal in the United Kingdom.
-By Lee Fang
June 25, 2011- As the Republican presidential candidates tour Iowa hoping to lock up the 2012 nomination, they will hear an assortment of questions on energy policy. Some of them, ThinkProgress has learned, will be planted by the oil and natural gas lobby to steer the candidates toward pro-Big Oil policies.