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If corporations are people, does that mean they can run for public office? We’ll find out soon enough. The p.r. firm Murray Hill Inc., has announced through its “designated person,” Eric Hensal, its intention to run as the Republican candidate in this year’s election against Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Under the banner, “Corporations are people too!”, Hensal rallied with Public Citizen on that cold, rainy day in Annapolis, Md., for a constitutional amendment and legislative action to fix damage the Supreme Court did in its Citizens United v. FEC decision.

Listen to the latest interview with Hensal on his tongue-in-cheek campaign for corporate representation on NPR.org, and spread the word about our campaign to get corporate money out of politics.

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You’ve been hearing a lot from us about the need for a strong, independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency to rein in Wall Street’s predatory practices and help prevent another financial crisis. In the video above, now you can hear about it from Presidents Clinton, both Bushes, Reagan, Carter and Ford as they urge Obama to fight for an independent watchdog agency with teeth (played by an all-star cast of Saturday Night Live funnymen, including my personal favorite, Dana Carvey as Bush Sr.). (more…)

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Despite the chilly wind and cold rain that came down on activists at the Maryland State House in Annapolis last Monday evening, dozens of activists turned out. The movement to amend the constitution to prevent corporate power from dominating our elections and fix campaign finance law is building momentum for the battle ahead. As grassroots protests occur all over the country, it’s clear that the public is fed up with corporate domination of American politics. Watch Angela Canterbury, advocacy director for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, rally the crowd in the video above.

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Recently, a financial industry lobbyist said because Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) is retiring, he is now free to “dance with the special interests that brought him to the dance in the first place. Us, his loyal donors in the banking community.”

Nearly 46,000 concerned Americans joined Public Citizen and our partners in saying, “No way!” Dodd is now free to do the right thing and hold the banksters accountable.

Americans for Financial Reform, Credo, Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Media and Democracy helped collect signatures. Together, we urged Dodd to keep up the fight for significant financial reform to rein in Wall Street and prevent another economic crisis. In particular, we called on Dodd to ensure there is a strong and independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

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“As we see it, every worker, public or private, should be able to report fraudulent spending, gross mismanagement and illegalities without fear of retaliation,” said Angela Canterbury, an advocacy director at  Public Citizen, in her testimony before Congress.

Tonight, Canterbury’s work, along with that of Public Citizen and its partners, will be recognized  at Anyone Can Whistle: The Essential Role of the Whistleblower in American Society, a gathering of whistleblowers, elected officials and civic leaders in New York City.

But you don’t need to be in New York to watch this event. From 7 – 8:30 p.m., you can watch a live webcast here or on Facebook. (more…)

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Americans are fired up about increased corporate influence in our elections thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FECIn fact, 85 percent of people in the United States believe big business has too much power in Washington. At noon on Tuesday, Feb. 15 (tomorrow!), the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is organizing the “March to Overrule the Court.” The protest begins with a rally at the State Capitol and is followed by a march to the nearby federal courthouse. CLICK HERE for more info.

Do you know about any upcomping protests against the Supreme Court’s decision, corporate power in elections, campaign finance, and related issues? Let us know with an email to action@citizen.org!

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Sen. Dodd (D-Conn.)

Recently, a financial industry lobbyist said because Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) is retiring, he is now free to “dance with the special interests that brought him to the dance in the first place. Us, his loyal donors in the banking community” (from Politico).

In fact, Dodd is now free to do the right thing and hold the banksters accountable. Because he’s not running for re-election, he’s no longer beholden to big banks for campaign contributions. It’s not too late for Sen. Dodd to make protecting Main Street — not dancing with Wall Street — his legacy.

We’ve set up two petitions you can use to tell Dodd to stand up for us, the people who are struggling through the Great Recession. One is here on our Web site. (more…)

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