May 7th, 2010
03:54 PM ET
13 years ago

MoveOn takes on Supreme Court

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="MoveOn's latest ad targeting the Supreme Court is set to appear next week in the Washington Post."]Washington (CNN) – The liberal advocacy organization,, is targeting the Supreme Court in a new newspaper ad, just as the White House prepares itself for a nomination process sure to bring increased attention to the usually reserved body.

The ad is set to run in The Washington Post next week and questions whether the Court is "corporate America's newest subsidiary."

The upper half of the ad features a court robe emblazoned with the logos of major corporations Aetna, Bank of America, Exxon, Enron, Goldman Sachs, Wellpoint, General Electric, Citi and BP.

In the text portion of the ad, MoveOn hammers the court over a campaign finance ruling earlier this year that overturned a longstanding ban on corporations and unions using their treasury funds to run presidential and congressional election ads.

Democrats have painted the decision as a win for traditionally Republican-leaning corporate interests.

MoveOn also lists its own qualification for John Paul Stevens' replacement on the Court, saying they prefer a candidate similar to the retiring justice.

"Justice Stevens was a staunch advocate for the rights of ordinary Americans, and his replacement must be too," MoveOn says in the ad that singles out the "radical right majority" on the Court. "Americans need a Justice who will dispense justice to Americans, not protect corporate profits at our expense."

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Dave

    But it was okay for George Soros and friends to syphon 100's of millions in to the Obama camp. It was also okay for Obama to have millions in undisclosed foriegn donations

    May 7, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Ladi

    Harsh...but true.

    May 7, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Dave

    MoveOn why don't you move on?

    May 7, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Steve (the real one)

    Cannot wait for the ad that tells us how much the liberals have pocketed from Wall Street! On second though, that could wait to run during the next Super Bowl! It would not be the funniest but it will still be fabulous! better yet, run it right before the next election cycle. That will really shake things up! WHOSE WITH ME??

    May 7, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Don't much about this group, but anyone who goes after big corporations should get a voice. Of course, the old farts on the supreme (LOL) court will find a way of stopping them so that the corporation can do "their" thing.
    I hope President Obama chooses a sc judge with more brains and less partinsanship than what's on the court right now. Starting with the worst chief roberts.

    May 7, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. conoclast

    That the multi-national corporations run the US government is no longer even in question. Even after they almost caused another Great Depression they're now right back at business-as-usual, making billions per quarter-while the rest of us continue to starve. If this is "capitalism", them maybe socialism's time has come!

    May 7, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Bill

    That ad is an outrageous and unjustified attack on one of the cornerstones of our democracy and one of, if not the most highly regarded judicial bodies in the world. We have watched sadly while our legislative bodies have turned into not much more than arenas for partisan mudslinging, let's make sure that we don't let this organization,, pull our Supreme Court down into the mud with them. Why are they actively trying to question our faith and trust of the highest court in the land? Even if you disagree with their decision on that single campaign issue, this is hardly evidence of a corrupt court...and that is exactly what their troubling ad is implying.

    May 7, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. andy

    No free speech for corporations!! Down with the 1st amendment!!!! Hooray liberal agenda!!!!!!! oh wait...

    May 7, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I wonder if there is any media other than Fox in Austin, Texas. When will the right wingnuts realize that the Democratic party is like country music; accepted by a vast majority of Americans for its diversity, while the GOP Baggers party is a combination of Gangsta Rap and show tunes?

    May 7, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ keith in Austin

    FYI, I work. On top of that, I'm a veteran. I've done for this country than you'll ever do in your lifetime. Have nice day bigot.

    May 7, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Glennis

    Gosh, do you think will suggest that Democrats give back any contributions from corporations and never take them again, since they're so evil? Do they think that we believe that they're an impartial group with no agenda? This is beyond ridiculous. Corporate contributions benefit Democrats as much or more than they do Republicans or anyone else.

    May 7, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Knowledgeable reader

    Sensationalism is great entertaininment, but dulls an already ignorant populace who don't bother to actually read a Supreme Court opinion, but rather rely on the old "telephone game" to educate them. Corporations exist to limit liability to the assets of the entity (and the value of its stock as a result). If corporations were not afforded this benefit, we'd never do business because of the exposure. Sadly, the Court has held corporations to be persons (they do pay taxes as persons after all) and therefore vested them with all the rights of persons (including 1st Amendment rights). And the Court has said that money=speech.

    If you don't like the outcome of corporations as US citizens having unlimited free speech rights, then change the laws to limit the existence of corporations to liability shelters and not to persons. As they as they are legally persons, they (like us) have 1st Amendment rights.

    May 7, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. El Gordo

    jeff jackson, alabama: "It's O.K. for some one to send money to Move On to put pressure on politicians, organizations, and The Supreme Court ??? But it's not O.K. for an American business to finance a candidate ??? Where does the common sense end and the lunacy begin ???"

    It is absolutely not OK for global corporations to run puppet candidates for office. This is a nation of people, not of corporations. The political goal of global corporations is freedom from regulation. If they sell your kid a lead painted toy and your kid dies, they don't want you filing frivolous lawsuits. If they sell you moldy sheet-rock, they don't want to have to replace it. If their peanut butter factory is filthy, they don't want health inspectors complaining about the roaches and rats. If they want to conspire with competitors to artificially raise prices and divide the market among themselves, they don't want consumers poking their noses into something that is none of their business. If your wife's boss cops a feel, it's all in good fun and no Liberal Socialist lawyers should cause them any problems.

    What we have learned in the past few years that a CEO will do anything for a hundred million dollars. He will cook the books, hide the assets, hide the liabilities, use child labor wherever he can, lie to stockholders, lie to consumers, lie to employees, fix prices, hide product defects, bribe elected officials, and buy as many elections as he can.

    May 7, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. El Gordo

    The five Republican Party hacks on the Supreme Court will go down in the history of sleaze. That history will have to be written by Europeans, because the Corporate Government that will be coming to power, thanks to those same five Neanderthals, will not tolerate criticism in print, speech, or thought.

    May 7, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. a little sad

    keith in Austin May 7th, 2010 4:28 pm ET

    I'm so sick and tired of Liberals! Thank God their political days are seriously numbered!

    Hey Dutch Bad News (befitting name) Rather than donating your money to Move On.Org, why not gather a few of your liberal minions and pay your taxes. I'm sure you are one of the 47 per cent of Americans that don't! STFU for a CHANGE we can believe in Loser!


    Hey Keith in Austin –

    you lost in 2008 and will lose again in 2010. You are a part of a small (and small-minded) group of people who do not believe in democracy or in American values. Real Americans (mostly Dem) will win again in 2010.

    I would say I hope your head doesn't explode on 11/3, but then again, that might be a good thing.

    (From one of those liberals who pays more taxes than about 87% of US taxpayers do, but hey, I like having police, firemen, a military, schools, roads, etc. I don't mind paying my fair share.)

    May 7, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Richard Larson

    I support Move-On in this case, but it would seem that Scalia and his acolytes are hell bent on creating an election system that is controlled by corporate greed and the influence peddling of the very conservative Right.

    The fact that Alito reacted as he did during the "State of the Union" address, indicates how deeply the convictions relative to the fascist philosophy of government being controlled by the oligarchs of corporate america are in that they are so faithfully held and supported by his faction on the court.

    Failing having reasonable limits on who can give and in what amounts on the individual and corporate side of this affair, the same must be allowed in terms of giving by individuals and unions for the candidates in opposition.

    The best solution would be full funding by the government with absolutely no private, corporate, or union funds allowed, period. But we all know which candidates will scream loudest when their corporate sugar-daddys are prohibited from being allowed to buy influence.

    Further, I would absolutely limit all electioneering to the 45 days immediately preceeding a primary election and 60 days prior to a general election with absolute limits on funding and/or in-kind gifts.

    May 7, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. a little sad

    If someone wants to contribute more than they are permitted under current law as an individual, can they now create a corporation and send as much money as they want?

    May 7, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. a little sad

    Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans May 7th, 2010 4:58 pm ET

    I wonder if there is any media other than Fox in Austin, Texas. When will the right wingnuts realize that the Democratic party is like country music; accepted by a vast majority of Americans for its diversity, while the GOP Baggers party is a combination of Gangsta Rap and show tunes?


    While I generally agree with your sentiments, leave my showtunes alone!

    (humming quietly in the background, off-key. "oh what a beautiful morning..")

    May 7, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Wow best ad ever...the truth hurts. The Neo-Confederates running the SC are out of control and are a bunch of sell-outs.

    May 7, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    Most of you are missing the point. Corporations will pay for ads and donate to candidates. Voters will STILL vote. The problem is some you you are too lazy to research a candidate's stance on anything on your own! If you relay on ads without research, you get what you get! You want to remove corporations yet will still allow global billionaires to donate! Hypocritical, as always!

    May 7, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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