Texan4Hillary offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.
Russ Feingold launched his progressive group and it sounds like it will do America much good. It is an organization to fight corporate money in our political system. It will take on BOTH Democrats and Republicans who get too cozy with corporations.
“¦Progressives United is an attempt to build a grassroots effort aimed at mitigating the effects of, and eventually overturning, the Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United decision that opened the floodgates to corporate spending in the U.S. electoral system. In addition to online mobilization, the political action committee (PAC) will support progressive candidates at the local, state and national levels, as well as holding the media and elected officials accountable on the group’s key priorities.
“In my view — and the view of many people — it’s one of the most lawless decisions in the history of our country,” said Feingold of Citizens United in an interview with The Huffington Post. “The idea of allowing corporations to have unlimited influence on our democracy is very dangerous, obviously. That’s exactly what it does … Things were like this 100 years ago in the United States, with the huge corporate and business power of the oil companies and others. But this time it’s like the Gilded Age on steroids.”
Feingold’s concerns about corporate money in government are profound. He mentions two examples that are deeply disturbing from when he was in the Senate:
Looking back on his time in the Senate, Feingold cited two examples of corporate influence that most troubled him: 1) the debate over the estate tax and 2) the BP disaster.
“I was amazed at the way in which the corporate powers in the country turned the conversation from everything we needed to deal with — from stopping unwise interventions overseas to having to deal with the deficit — to things like demanding complete repeal of the estate tax,” said Feingold. “There were 10 years there we didn’t have an estate tax because all of the powerful, corporate, wealthy interests in the country said, ‘We want this now. We don’t want to have to pay any estate tax at all.”
Join Progressives United here. We must get our government back to working for us and not them.