May 7th, 2010
03:54 PM ET
12 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."

Filed under: MoveOn • Supreme Court
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Liberalism is a mental disorder

    Liberal loons....

    May 7, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. librarian

    I just sent MoveOn $$$. Good job guys !

    May 7, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Great ad. I hope Chief Justice Roberts and the rest of his conservative comrades are happy with their decision to allow foreign nations and special interest such as those mentioned in the ad to dictate the outcome of our elections. I said the POTUS will pick Kagan, but now I'm leaning more towards Wood.

    May 7, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Once you become a republican, you are a corporate cultist for life, and common sense and integrity are no longer important. Just like jumbo shrimp, the Supreme Court is an oxymoron.

    May 7, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Since the Supreme Court decided that corporations are people with First Amendment rights, then it only follows that the board of directors and chief officers of BP should personally pay for the clean up of their oil spill and be held responsible for any punitive damages that may be awarded.

    These same people should also serve jail time for recklessly endangering the public and all the industries that rely on the Gulf for their livelihood.

    May 7, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. gt

    this group is radical exstemist... who is a crap what they say... who are they anyway,,, loud mouth panty wastes...

    May 7, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. dora

    Remember everyone, it says, "We the People". For all of your who are disturbed by the thought of "big government", I give you no government and all Big Business. It is "We the People" who act together to keep Big Government in line. It is our government who is supposed to protect us from corporate over-reach. Get the money out of politics, and then you'll find out who is working for you and your best interests and who is working for Exxon's best interests. Git rid of the lobbyists, they aren't looking out for you. We could have a successful three (or more) party system if we demanded public funding of campaigns. Don't demand smaller government, demand efficient government! Get your news from lots of sources (not one station, read websites on both politcal sides), go out and read and ask questions and DECIDE FOR YOURSELVES!!! Don't let anyone (be it Rush or Olbermann tell you what to think!).

    May 7, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's about time and I agree after their last ruling that the Courts have become "corporate Americas newiest subsidiary" and it's troubling.

    May 7, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Notice it doesn't have any union logos. Why is so discriminitory in its lying. Must be a liberal organization. Kind of like that SEIU toadie Durbin complaing about the Republicans and their holds on Obama administration officials. That is an old trick that was started by the liberals when Bush was president. LIberalism, hypocrisy and corruption are your names.

    May 7, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. to Dutch/Bad Newz VA

    Take the time and effort to educate yourself....foreign entities were exempted from the last Supreme Court ruling. Foreign entitiess are still prevented from politicking before an election.

    And seriously, if it can be taxed, doesn't it have the right to free speech?

    May 7, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. El Gordo

    The five Conservative hacks on the Supreme Court essentially ended our democracy by allowing corporate money to purchase all the elections they want to or need to. Four of those same Conservative politicians overturned the 2000 election. Conservatism is anti-democracy. They believe that the wealthy should rule and elections are ridiculous. They do not believe that anyone but a Conservative can be legitimately elected.

    I think one of the Clintons would be a good judge.

    May 7, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. jack

    It does make you wonder.....are the justices now taking money from lobbyist? Not for campaigns, they don't have to run for election. But, to be looked at in a favorable light when a ruling is made that might effect the donor client.

    I'm just saying, "are the justices now being bought and traded like baseball cards?"

    I have had doubts about the Supreme ever since they elected (or appointed ) Bush in 2000. The court had never invalidated the results of an election and appointed a president of their choosing before. It does make you wonder and begin to ask questions.

    May 7, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. sickofitall

    so move on would have the justices exchange their robes for new ones with the patches of SIEU, AFL/CIO, AFT, IBT-Teamsters etc. on them instead. I don't see any difference... just another group of people looking to use their influence to take money away from working Americans....corporate bailout or union give aways, two sides of the same coin taken out of our pockets by both political parties.

    May 7, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Carl

    Fine. Where are the same complaints about UNIONS contributing to campaigns? What's the difference?

    May 7, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Johnny DC

    This is absolutely laughable. This is exactly why the Supreme Court justices are termless. Believe it or not, MoveOn is a political lobbying group just like the evil corporations and unions.

    Thank God the Constitution doesn't allow these groups to influence sitting members of the bench.

    May 7, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. 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 ???

    May 7, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. SocialismBad

    Why does the looney left hate free speech so much? I'm sure they wouldn't like it if THEY were muzzled like they want to muzzle everybody else! VERY UN-AMERICAN BEHAVIOR!

    May 7, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Johnny DC

    @ThinkAgain -

    Do you have any idea what you're talking about? Read an article some day, fella. BP didn't even own the rig, and it wasn't even BP employees that operated it.

    Maybe YOU should pay for it. You are just about as responsible for it as BP was.

    May 7, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. ib

    Why can't people see this group wants to change the way we live and are govern. It's time to say NO to them.

    May 7, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. greg morris in jacksonville, fl

    i am a proud member of MoveOn .. and am disgusted by the supreme court ruling in regards to corporate donations to elections. its digusting and unAmerican. the people should choose our officials, not companies.

    May 7, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. BinMESA

    To all GOP'ers: Please explain your bumper sticker statements. Do you even understand why you are for or against something? Please convince me there is some thinking going on. thanks

    May 7, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. keith in Austin

    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!

    May 7, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Barbara Independent in NY

    Roberts being on the Supreme Court is one of the worst things to happen to this court in Ameican history. Anyone that can't tell the difference between a corporation and a person shouldn't even be a judge of any sort. I can't believe that the American people are stuck with him. you rock!

    May 7, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Dollars for Votes!

    Scalia has a Nike endorsement deal??

    It is a darn shame when corporations now have the same rights individuals some say, then the people on those corporate boards should be personally responsible for the corporations' actions.

    It will be interesting after the next election to audit WHO contributed to which candidates.....Democrats and Republicans alike will be embarassed when the foreign contributors to their campaigns are made public for all to see.

    May 7, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Shucks

    That's what Capitalism and a brainless supreme court does, it allows elections to be bought. It's nothing new though, it has been done in this country for generations.

    May 7, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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