Monthly Archives: December 2010

Ohio Gets New Election Rules

By Kevin Osborne

December 29, 2010- In an effort to promote greater transparency about who makes campaign contributions, outgoing Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner unveiled today a new set of election rules.

NYT: Justices Offer Receptive Ear to Business Interests

December 18, 2010- Almost 40 years ago, a Virginia lawyer named Lewis F. Powell Jr. warned that the nation’s free enterprise system was under attack. He urged the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to assemble “a highly competent staff of lawyers” and retain outside counsel “of national standing and reputation” to appear before the Supreme Court and advance the interests of American business.

Huffington Post: Mine Safety Bill’s Defeat: How Industry And Inattention Killed Overhaul Prompted By Tragedy

"Every mine law ever wrote has been written in blood, but this time even that wasn't enough" – Fred Burgess, whose stepson died in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in April.

December 21, 2010: In the wake of a tragic mine explosion in West Virginia resulting in many deaths, members of Congress from both parties push to toughen mine safety laws and increase penalties for habitual violators. The bill passes the Senate by unanimous content and sails through the House before landing on the president's desk and being signed into law.

Think Progress: Newly-Elected Senator Ron Johnson Travels To The Chamber To Pay Homage For Helping Him Win

Ron Johnson (R-WI)December 13, 2010- Conservative Republican Ron Johnson defeated incumbent Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) in the Wisconsin senate content this year. Many of the ads attacking Feingold came not from Johnson, but from outside groups like Karl Rove’s American Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the big business lobbying organization. The Chamber used outright falsehoods against Feingold, including one ad that falsely stated that he supported a “government takeover” of health care.

In response to the Chamber’s pivotal contributions to the race, the Los Angeles Times reports that last week Johnson visited the Chamber to personally thank Chamber CEO Tom Donohue:

NYC Public Advocate de Blasio Releases Report on Impact of Citizens United on 2010 Election

December 10, 2010-  Public Advocate Bill de Blasio today released a comprehensive report analyzing the broad impact of U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in the 2010 election cycle. The report catalogs that the Court’s decision led to significant secret spending this election cycle and that groups which kept their funders hidden from the public spent more money on negative ads than groups that adhered to pre-Citizens United disclosure rules.

MSNBC: Anonymous donors spent $132M on 2010 campaign ads

Study aimed to measure impact of Citizens United decision on election cycle

December 10 2010- Independent groups that do not disclose the identity of their donors spent $132.5 million to influence elections nationwide this year, accounting for about a third of all spending by outside groups in the 2010 election cycle, a report released Friday found.

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