June 29, 2012

Senator Sherrod Brown Explains Why Big Business Owns Congress

In a piece about populism and the Democratic Party in Politico, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) explained how Big Business has, through its ability to tap into an extraordinary amount of campaign contributions, independent expenditures, and other electoral interventions, been able to own Congress:

“They own the Republican Party, and they have too much influence in my party, I mean there’s no question about that,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a true-blue populist up for reelection who has had $8.3 million spent against him already by third-party groups, most of them allies of business . “That’s why wealth is so concentrated …

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June 18, 2012
Screen shot from a 60 Plus Association ad criticizing Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who is up for reelection this year.

Are Corporations Senior Citizens? 60 Plus, Shadowy Front Group, Seems To Think So

If you live in Florida, Ohio, Montana, or Missouri, you’ve probably seen attack ads from the 60 Plus Association, a group that touts itself a “non-partisan seniors’ advocacy group” and the “conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).” Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) alone has faced $2.3 million in ads all financed by the group. The avalanche of ads against Democratic incumbents in these four states is a repeat of 2010, when the group mysteriously raised many millions to take downDemocratic House members in districts across the country.

No one knows exactly where the …

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May 15, 2012
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Sherrod Brown Held Corporations Accountable, Now They’re Spending Millions To Unseat Him

By now, most Americans realize that Big Money is a powerful force in American politics. Members of Congress often shy away from regulating an industry that showers them with campaign donations. Members will rush to vote for massive subsidies and giveaways to big donors.

One senator who has been mostly unmoved by the presence of this Big Money is Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). He has been a leader in taking on the big banks, working to create a more just and humane health care system, and kicking Big Money out of politics.

But when you take on special interests, they tend to retaliate …

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