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  1. Joe Befumo
    October 8, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; – the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!”
    ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

    REAL change is coming!
    JACQUES!

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  2. T Hodges
    October 8, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    An Alabama Corporate Pimp. Fascism is alive and well. Look into how little this fucker has paid in personal income taxes. Remember, he’s an Alabama Republicant.

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  3. Dolores Campbell
    October 8, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    The general public is most likely not aware of this next step for money to control our elections. The media has not done its job regarding getting information out. Let us hope the not so supreme court does not go along with McCutcheon.

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  4. Leonard Jay Hastings
    October 8, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    It is long past time to start an impeachment proceeding against the radical – reactionary 5 Republican appointees! his is not a political appeal, rather it involves the very salvation of our democratic republic!

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  5. Frank L Duley
    October 8, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    It is unbelievable that te Supreme Court would sell America like they did in their last decision, Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission. Now, they are going to hear arguements that eliminates the top amount a private individual can give. I’m sure I am right when I say that the framers of the Constitution would be appalled at the way things are going today. It should always be remembered that we have a “government by the people, for the people”.FBP4

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  6. Larry Dennison
    October 8, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    It seems that the best way to fight these rapid fire assaults is to organize the organizations (progressive media,activist organizations,legal organizations) into a single consortium that shares resources, fundraising, and outreach. Currently these organizations have their own infrastructure, overhead, and networks. They raise funds by soliciting contributions from progressives who generally are very limited in the amount of monetary support we can provide. It would much prefer to contribute my budgeted amount to a single consortium. And, it seems that an organized consortium could be more effective politically than a disparate amalgamation of individual organizations that share the same idiology.

    We are facing the most dangerous assault on our democracy in our lifetimes. It is critical that we organize to fight this consentrated effort to destroy our constitutional freedom and rights. I take my hat off to Public Citizen for your part in this struggle. I hope we can find a way to consolidate our energy and resources to boost yours and the efforts of other valuable progressive organizations.l Thank you for your good work.

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  7. leslie harris
    October 8, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    this would be the end of democracy, the fright wing wet dream, my god, this is beyond horrendous, its downright evil

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  8. Joseph Bollin
    October 8, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    This is a travesty to our justice and political systems. our system has been hijacked by an extreme right wing majority on the Supreme Court it’s beyond DISGUSTING. This decision should not have been allowed by an obvious corrupt right wing dominated UNSUPREME Court.

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  9. Aleta
    October 8, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    We do not need anymore Big Business, Big Money Bags being deemed as People!! The Constitution made clear that it was
    one person, one vote.

    Where are all those screaming about Constitutional rights when the rights of citizens are states are changing the districts to guarantee that the majority votes do not count and also about any sensible regulation being placed on any of their pet projects??

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  10. IRIS M. DIAZ
    October 8, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    IT IS INCREDIBLE TO THINK THAT THE SUPREME COURT WOULD ALLOW THIS TO GO FORWARD AS HAVEN’T ENOUGH RIGHTS OF THE REST OF AMERICANS BEEN TAKEN AWAY BY THESE GROSSLY GREEDY RICH. IS ALL OF AMERICA UP FOR SALE? WE ARE HEADED FOR A CLIFF WHERE ONLY THE RICH WILL SURVIVE AND THE REST OF US WILL BE LOST.
    AMERICA HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE BEACON OF LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL NOT FOR JUST THOSE WHO CAN BUY IT.

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  11. Laura
    October 8, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    PLZZZ people, NO more apathy! You might be comfortable right now but hey, there are NO guarantees you will have a good job tomorrow. The global corporate rulers got their way with Citizens United. Now the same overlords want to further cement their way into our lives from a personal level. We, The People are NOT Serfs and We need to keep it that way. It is wrong that a handful of filthy rich corporate anarchists are calling the shots and running our lives into the ground…and that is WHY we have a Constitution that our “best congress money can buy” and their corp. contributors are ignoring!

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  12. Pat
    October 8, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    Our government must not support an unlimited amount of money for individuals or corporations, it would only boost more corruption in our homeland.

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  13. Dr. E. Soracco
    October 8, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    I do not believe it is the duty of SCOTUS to create the law in a way that is just for the People. That duty belongs exclusively to the legislative branch. We cannot reasonably expect the SCOTUS to determine how these or any other laws should be written. Our courts only offer their interpretation on whether a question arising from the application of existing laws is or not lawful. Therefore, I do not put much hope into what the SCOTUS will determine out of the questions raised in this case. We need to go to our elected legislators to force them to write the election laws in a manner that reflects the principles of fairness in a democratic society. Not the courts. Their authority is limited.

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  14. Amalia Benson Bodkin
    October 8, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    We truly get the government we buy.

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  15. Laurie Smyla
    October 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I see this suit as an egregious attempt to build on the faulty premise that money is free speech! The Citizens United decision was totally wrong headed and perpetrated by activist judges on the Supreme Court! If this further insult to liberty is also approved by the Court then the Constitutional Right of Equality before the Law is completely decimated. How can America’s citizens be equal before the law when a small wealthy plutocracy can buy more law makers than thousands of small contributors can??

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  16. Mary N. Swersey
    October 8, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    One person/one vote doesn’t stand much of a chance against “purged” voter registrations, gerrymandered voting districts and, now, 3,600,000 dollars per rich voter.

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  17. Todd Boyle
    October 8, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    Realize, you cannot get money out of politics without a constitutional amendment. MoveToAmend.org is the lead, on this, afaics.

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  18. Janet
    October 8, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    There are 2 Supreme Court justices that have connections to the Koch Brothers, which is a conflict of interest. However, there was no action taken against those like Clarence Thomas whose wife received money from the Koch Brothers for her Tea Party activities. The Supreme Court has now taken a step to tear down democracy for all people. Our government is now a plutocracy thanks to the Supreme Court justices.

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  19. Bob
    October 8, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    Republicans start unjustified wars that have killed hundreds of thousands of people who are dead in the ground, they cause much hate in the world, they cheat the common person, steal elections, hide their money in other countries, they rig the political, monetary and judicial system, they deny people their civil rights. These are just a few examples of their Christian values. America must broadcast their shame until the unaware fools who vote for them realize that they are here to destroy America!!! VOTE THESE BASTARDS OUT NOW!!!!!!!

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  20. Bob
    October 8, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    All Americans must watch out for the God Damn Tea Party. I believe and have always believed, if Campaign Finance Reform was implemented, we would not have these right-wing fools bowing to Corporate bastards like the Koch brothers and others. Moderate Republicans must stand up to Cantor, McConnell and other shameful Republicons. Presently, there are 217 votes in favor for a clean CR. Boehner is blocking the vote. I would love to see moderate Republicans jump ship and go to the party that cares more about people than their selfish selves and Corporate pay back.

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  21. Janet S. Mclelland
    October 8, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    Contributions like this are obscene, and corrupting. Just imagine how much good they could do for the real needs of our nation.

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    • Janet S. Mclelland
      October 8, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

      Disgusting and corrupting, just think how much good these monies could do to meet the needs of our nation?! The Supreme Court should not go along with it, if they care about our
      Country!!! Janet McLelland

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  22. Janet S. Mclelland
    October 8, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    Please, Contributions like this are obscene, and corrupting. Just imagine how much good they could do for the real needs of our nation.

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  23. Kathy Goble
    October 8, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    This has got to stop! Lobbyists have money up the wazoo but they only represent corporations or megamillionaires like the Koch Brothers. The way you Supreme Court Judges are ruling makes me think of the corruption in the days of Tamany Hall!

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    • Kathy Goble
      October 8, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

      yes, I typed that I was sick of megamillionaires being able to lobby for their corporation causes but not individuals who cannot contribute much because the coporations took away their jobs!

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  24. Morgan Kanae
    October 8, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    We can not let our country go down this dark road!

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  25. Robert T Andrews
    October 8, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

    SCRAP CITIZENS UNITED NOW—STOP YOUR CONSORTIUM WITH CORPORATE CROOKS ! ! !

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  26. Don Dieckmann
    October 8, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    If it is true that 69% of the American public is already angry about Citizens United v. FEC, then ruling against McCutcheon v. FEC should be a no-brainer for SCOTUS, as it only adds insult to injury for the middle class. Raising the campaign donation limits into the millions will not only APPEAR to encourage political corruption, it WILL, as proven by our current situation of the people no longer having a real voice in our government. This suit MUST be rejected, for the very existence of our democracy. Both the Supreme Court and the population in general needs to be informed of the consequences, with an added emphasis on reversing Citizens United as well.

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  27. Evelyn McMullen
    October 8, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    I live in Alabama & heard Mr. McCutcheon’s argument on Public Radio this morning. Why should this individual be allowed to BUY candidates who will only subscribe to HIS wishes?

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  28. Lee & Sandra Hebert
    October 8, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    ONE VOTE, ONE PERSON PERIOD!

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  29. Barbara Hegedus
    October 9, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    The Supreme Court has now joined the other 2 branches in caving to the billionaire 1% (or less) at the expense of hundreds of millions of Americans they are SUPPOSED to be ruling for. SHAMEFUL AND UNETHICAL – AND VERY DISAPPOINTING.

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  30. Donald Hughes
    October 11, 2013 @ 2:21 am

    The rich have enough influence. Of the people for the people fails this test. Too many elections are being bought and not enough are voted upon. But, again, the Supreme Court will not see this opinion as they are subservient to the political party that put them there.

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  31. tina tine'
    October 17, 2013 @ 5:52 am

    we should not allow the political system to be bought by those who have most of the money.

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