View Poll Results: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    Im really surprised that the vote results...I wouldve thought most people would view corporate and union money more negatively.
    In my mind they are the apex of lobbiest influence...and some of the same people that voted for the influx of union and corporate money to influence politics would be against lobbiests buying politicians...
    Perhaps they understand the situation at a higher level than you do.
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Yes, corporates and unions. The reason for corporations is obvious. They exist as for profit non-human money machines.

    Unions? Certainly in states without right to work laws. Otherwise in fact a condition of employment is ultimately contributing to candidates you may intensely oppose - literally laboring to given your money to who you oppose in an election, just contrary to your fundamental democratic right - to give money only to candidates you want to.

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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Yes, corporates and unions. The reason for corporations is obvious. They exist as for profit non-human money machines.
    So?

    Unions? Certainly in states without right to work laws. Otherwise in fact a condition of employment is ultimately contributing to candidates you may intensely oppose - literally laboring to given your money to who you oppose in an election, just contrary to your fundamental democratic right - to give money only to candidates you want to.
    Union dues cannot be used for political donations. That is already banned. The entire poll has a faulty premise. (Same goes for corporations. Unions and corporations can only sponsor PACs that don't use their money).

    However, unions can spend money on other political activities, like messages to its members, or the public, in support of a certain candidate. And in the case you describe, where someone was require to pay a fee to the union (instead of joining it) as a condition of employment, they have the right to request reimbursement for the portion of the fee that went to political activity: Communications Workers of America v. Beck - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Last edited by misterman; 12-05-11 at 10:27 AM.
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