Email date: 4/24/12
It has come to our attention that a link to an article referenced in item #4 of yesterday’s E-Lert did not work for many if not all recipients. The link was to an article on Historic Madison’s website about an episode in Wisconsin’s distant past that speaks powerfully to the challenges facing democracy today. The URL for the web page is www.historicmadison.org/Madison%27s%20Past/Newsletter/scandal.html.
Thought you might also be interested in a new national opinion survey done for the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law showing a bipartisan consensus that spending by special interest Super PACs in this year’s elections poses a serious threat to democracy.
A 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United case that unlimited interest group election spending will not lead to corruption or even the appearance of corruption, and will not cause Americans to lose faith in democracy. As the Brennan Center survey demonstrates, most Americans beg to differ with the court’s conclusion.