How can I get access to current financials for Iowa CCI?
There is a storm brewing in the small NE Iowa town I live in regarding a hog confinement that is being built several miles outside of town. Initially a small group of citizens were voicing their concern, it has now escalated into a mysterious fire at the home of the brother of the owner, some verbal confrontations, etc. A billboard went up overnight, and Iowa CCI’s name is on the sign. I have found only limited financial info on this group, have sent them requests for the info (none of which were acknowledged or answered), and have asked some of the people involved in the fiasco. I am still left with dated info, and would appreciate any assistance. Thanks!
You could search the IRS 990 filings for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement:http://atgdata.fdncenter.org/990search/search.php
Here is the 2004 filing, which is most recent:
What is wrong with Citizens United? What’s wrong with letting private citizens voice their political opinions?
Before this ruling it was actually illegal for private citizens, to create a broadcast, cable, or satellite communication that mentioned a candidate within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary.
Why do people who oppose this ruling hate Free Speech and the First Amendment?
Justice Breyer: Montana Case Shows Citizens United Was Wrong
Montana’s law had been upheld by the state Supreme Court after being challenged by a conservative group, American Tradition Partnership. But in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court summarily reversed the lower court’s decision and invalidated the longstanding legislation.
The court determined in Citizens United that “independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” Montana’s attorney general claimed that the 1912 Corrupt Practices Act should stand as proof that the court’s argument had already been proven wrong over 100 years earlier, when the state’s mining billionaires blatantly bought off state legislators to further their interests. Most notoriously, copper king William Clark was appointed to the Senate by the state legislature, only to have his seating blocked by the Senate in Washington, D.C. Over widespread evidence of bribery.
“Even if I were to accept Citizens United, this Court’s legal conclusion should not bar the Montana Supreme Court’s finding, made on the record before it, that independent expenditures by corporations did in fact lead to corruption or the appearance of corruption in Montana,” Breyer wrote. “Given the history and political landscape in Montana, that court concluded that the State had a compelling interest in limiting independent expenditures by corporations.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who joined with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in backing Montana’s anti-corruption law, said the ruling should spur Congress to pass the DISCLOSE Act, which would require greater transparency for big money donors. It was filibustered by Republicans in the Senate in 2010.
Why would Republicans want to filibuster something that supports transparency? It all smells of buying government without a trace.
Will the governments of powerful countries be able to close down the internet in the near future?
It seems like governments all over the world don’t like the internet, because it has become a platform for citizens to voice their opinion, organize people’s movements and express their dissent. Governments have tried to pass laws like SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and ACTA.
But will they be able to close the internet completely in the near future, whether in one sudden step or in many small sly steps?
No. Physically, they could “pull the plug,” as it were. But our economy — that of every major country (even China) — is fully integrated with the Internet. An attempt to shut it down would lead to immediate and massive economic chaos and collapse. Followed by the collapse of the regimes responsible. For better or worse, the world has changed and there is no going back.
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