March Madness

In this update: 1. WDC steers clear of national group’s March madness 2. ABC News feature focuses on money’s growing role in state judicial elections 3. Words of wisdom from Supreme Court’s elder statesman March Madness

Email date: 3/18/10

In this update:
1. WDC steers clear of national group’s March madness
2. ABC News feature focuses on money’s growing role in state judicial elections
3. Words of wisdom from Supreme Court’s elder statesman

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WDC steers clear of national group’s March madness
As reported in the E-Lert sent Tuesday, the Democracy Campaign was accused of trademark infringement by the Washington, D.C.-based interest group Citizens United for our protest of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on election financing that we called “Citizens United Against Citizens United.”

Today we changed the name on our online petition and the campaign’s Facebook page to United Citizens Against Citizens United. A blog posted this morning outlines our reasons.

A factor not mentioned in the blog post is the telephone call we received yesterday from someone upset about an election-related robocall from Citizens United who assumed we were behind it. The Democracy Campaign has never sponsored these obnoxious automated telephone calls and never will, and we also never have and never will broadcast election advertising under the guise of phony “issue advocacy” that Citizens United is currently engaged in.

Citizens United may not have been pleased to have its name appear in the description of our protest, but we are even less interested in having the Democracy Campaign in any way associated with this group’s gutter politics.

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ABC News feature focuses on money’s role in state judicial elections
Wisconsin figures prominently in a special report on how the growing influence of money in politics is affecting elections for state judgeships. The Democracy Campaign provided the network’s news team with information about fundraising and spending in recent state Supreme Court races here, and is mentioned in the story.

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Words of wisdom from Supreme Court’s elder statesman
A profile of long-time U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens appears in the latest edition of The New Yorker magazine. Among the many revelations in this excellent article are some very candid observations about how his colleagues on the court handled the Citizens United case.