Corporations

  • 01.19.18

    Citizens United: The Legacy

    Most people have heard of "Citizens United." It is considered one of the most influential Supreme Court cases of the 21st century - a decision that significantly altered the interaction between money and politics in modern America. Since the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) Supreme Court d...

    Most people have heard of “Citizens United.” It is considered one of the most influential Supreme Court cases of the 21st century – a decision that significantly altered the interaction between money and politics in modern America.

    Since the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) Supreme Court decision, countless academics and experts have talked about it, and thousands of people have come out to protest against it.

    But what is it and what effect has it had on politics in America?

  • 04.11.17

    From Standing Rock To Maui: Tulsi Gabbard Joins Resistance To A&B’s Massive Water Theft

    Many people have heard about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Native community's struggle against it. However, this type of struggle is not unique to that one area of the country. In Maui, Hawaii, residents are facing a similar struggle against corporations about their access to water: "Instead of paying market ...

    Many people have heard about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Native community's struggle against it. However, this type of struggle is not unique to that one area of the country.

    In Maui, Hawaii, residents are facing a similar struggle against corporations about their access to water: "Instead of paying market rate for the water from public lands and sharing the proceeds with Native Hawaiians, as required by state law, for decades A&B has taken more than 80% of all public water consumed on the island." The corporation pays $3 per million gallons, while the island's 155,000 residents pay $4,000 for 1 million gallons. 

    This article looks at the intrinsic unfairness of this system and describes the coming together of a number of prominent Hawaii politicians, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, against this situation.

  • 02.28.17

    NAFTA’s Legacy: Expanding Corporate Power to Attack Public Interests Laws

    This fact sheet from citizen.org looks at the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and specifically the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS): "NAFTA grants rights to thousands of multinational corporations to bypass domestic courts and directly "sue" the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments." It des...

    This fact sheet from citizen.org looks at the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and specifically the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS): "NAFTA grants rights to thousands of multinational corporations to bypass domestic courts and directly “sue” the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments." 

    It describes the legal basis for theses ISDS. ISDS gives multinational corporations the ability to challenge new government policies if corporations claim these policies violate their NAFTA rights. "More than $392 million in compensation has already been paid out to corporations in a series of investor-state cases under NAFTA." When looking specifically at what sorts of claims are made "of the 11 claims (for more than $36 billion) currently pending under NAFTA, nearly all relate to environmental, energy, financial, public health, land use and transportation policies – not traditional trade issues."

    The fact sheet then lists and describes a number of the cases that have been brought under NAFTA.