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Senate Proceeding on Sep 22nd, 2010 :: 1:38:55 to 1:52:59
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Sherrod Brown

1:38:53 to 1:39:13( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: gave $450,000 to support advertising for one candidate. $450,000 reported from a generally conservative newspaper -- the "columbus dispatch" is no friend of democrats. they are a pretty republican organization. the "columbus dispatch" reported that one corporation spent $450,000 for one single senate

Sherrod Brown

1:38:55 to 1:52:59( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

1:39:14 to 1:39:35( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: candidate. that single corporation can do that because of the roberts' court disirks the supreme court decision, with its new ultra conservative court, perhaps more conservative than any court in the last -- in the 21st or 20th century -- in a case called citizens united.

Sherrod Brown

1:39:36 to 1:39:56( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: tans outright corruption of our democratic process. but with the citizens united case it is a reality. the supreme court opened the floodgates allowing large corporations -- don't have to be american corporations; they can be foreign corporations -- allowing large corporations to bank sproll their favorite candidates.

Sherrod Brown

1:39:57 to 1:40:17( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it is not like the drug companies, the oil companies. the insurance companies don't have enough power in washington, d.c. when -- you know, when they sneeze, too many people around here get a cold. when the drug companies, the insurance company, the oil industry -- these large corporations -- want something, far too often they're successful in the halls of congress. that's the reason that we've seen the obstruction in the last

Sherrod Brown

1:40:18 to 1:40:39( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: year and a half. that's why it's so easy for leader mcconnell to get 41 republicans to oppose what we're trying to do in this body because of the influence of these drug company, the insurance company, the oil industry, and others. so -- and these huge companies that outsource jobs. so what the supreme court

Sherrod Brown

1:40:40 to 1:41:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: decision, made up of almost all conservative appointees -- made up of a majority of conservative appointees on the supreme court, appointees backed by these major moneyed cornet interests, that this court -- moneyed corporate interests, that this court has given even more money to these corporations. in some cases they can be

Sherrod Brown

1:41:01 to 1:41:22( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: foreign-based corporations. the court swept aside decades-worth of established jurisprudence to abruptly and radically change the rules of the game to remake, if you will, our democratic system. the roberts' court activism and arguments about the first amendment. i am not a lawyer at all.

Sherrod Brown

1:41:23 to 1:41:44( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: mr. president, when i hear that -- should general motors should pfizer drug company, should any large corporation, should they have the same free speech right as individual americans?

Sherrod Brown

1:41:45 to 1:42:07( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i don't think so. corporations shouldn't have the same rights as i do as the pages sitting here do. the roberts' court decision said we're going to give these free speech rights to corporations in every way, which means that free speech of an individual american

Sherrod Brown

1:42:08 to 1:42:28( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: is washed away in political terms because of the huge influence that a small number of corporations can have because they have so much money to inject into the political system. citizens united, therefore, burris the voices of everyday americans. fortune 500 companies straddle the globe, reap billions in

Sherrod Brown

1:42:29 to 1:42:50( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: profits and can take just pennies on the dollar to lavish these huge dollars on multibillion-dollar campaigns. if a company gaffes millions of dollars, that's not very much money to a multibillion dollar company.

Sherrod Brown

1:42:51 to 1:43:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: b $1 million can certainly wash away and so much counteract a bunch of american citizens in mansfield, in lima, in springfield, in zanesville, ohio, giving $20 each. average house hoeds are struggling to break even and then you look at their ability to exercise free speech

Sherrod Brown

1:43:15 to 1:43:35( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: contrasted to a multibillion-dollar fortune 500 company and look how that plays owvment in 2009 corporations spent $3.3 billion, $3.3 billion lobbying congress to influence legislation, exerting far more influence in our political process than they should. we saw how special interests

Sherrod Brown

1:43:36 to 1:43:57( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: spent more than $1 million a day in an attempt to shape health care reform and because of citizens united they'll be able to spend unlimited amounts of money to intimidate and retaliate and replace their foes in congress. if you speak up as i'm doing now -- at some risk -- i'm on the ballot in 2012.

Sherrod Brown

1:43:58 to 1:44:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i know what this crowd is going to do because i don't always agree with b.p.'s agenda and the drug companies' agenda, but i also know that these companies, they have already so much influence lobbying the congress day after day. now they're going to have even greater influence in electing their allies to the house and to the house of representatives and

Sherrod Brown

1:44:19 to 1:44:39( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the senate. they've turned this advantage monopoly of political speech. when campaigns overwhelmingly are run on television now, millions of dollars spent in -- at least $10 million will be spent in ohio in the senate race, probably mother than that in the governors' race.

Sherrod Brown

1:44:40 to 1:45:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: when there is that kind of money it too often americans' free speech. most americans today don't advocate for an economic system in which $10 million contributions from corporations drown out $20 donations that represent real people's real concerns.

Sherrod Brown

1:45:01 to 1:45:22( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: a lot of people give me $10 or $20 or $50 for my campaign. they're not trying to buy influence. they can't buy influence with that. what they contribute to me for is they like the positions i take. they think i represent them reasonably well. but they're not going to influence the system. you contrast that with this

Sherrod Brown

1:45:23 to 1:45:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: $400,000 donation to -- more than $400,000 to one political candidate from one corporation, what does that suggest about what might happen down the road? our democracy was once -- i hope still is, but was once based on the power of a single person walk to go a blot box -- walking

Sherrod Brown

1:45:46 to 1:46:07( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to a ballot box and kafgs a vote but citizens united case gave companies power to put corporation profits squarely ahead of rights. that's why the legislation we're working on in the disclose act is so important. i guess that's why republicans en masse seem to be opposing the disclose act. the disclose act fights back by giving individual americans just more power to understand this,

Sherrod Brown

1:46:08 to 1:46:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to cast some light into the shadows of corporate political spending. it grants citizens the power of information, information that breeds accountability and transparency. if a company is engaged in political activity, that company should be willing to identify itself, but not citizens united case is. that means the disclose act would make c.e.o.'s do what

Sherrod Brown

1:46:31 to 1:46:51( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: political candidates do when they pay for political advertising. when i run for office, i look into the camera and say this ad was paid for by friends of sherrod brown, so people will know that this ad is -- that i'm responsible for this ad. why shouldn't a corporation that writes a check for $1 million to a political organization, why shouldn't that c.e.o. be willing

Sherrod Brown

1:46:52 to 1:47:12( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to and be told to and be forced to and be compelled to under law stand in front of the camera and say "this ad was paid for by x, y, z corporation. i take responsibility and i'm the c.e.o."? it helps the public follow the money behind multimillion dollars that buys ads from

Sherrod Brown

1:47:13 to 1:47:33( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: shadow we groups. if b.p. were to give $1 million to a political ad in ohio or pennsylvania and nobody knows it's a b.p. ad that pays for this or gone into this group, the voters don't have any way of really judging very much from that ad. but if the c.e.o. of b.p. had to stand -- walk out i

Sherrod Brown

1:47:34 to 1:47:55( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: that camera and say, i'm the c.e.o. of b.p. and i paid for this ad, message to voters thinking do i want to support this candidate that b.p. is but instead, b.p. can get behind the desk and can hide from disclosure. and i've heard -- i've heard people in this body, the

Sherrod Brown

1:47:56 to 1:48:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: republican leader most prominently, argue ad nauseam on campaign finance laws that we need full disclosure, we need the sunlight to shine. this is his opportunity to step up and argue for full disclosure and go down to that well and cast his vote and say, yes, i agree with full disclosure. they're not doing it now. you know why

Sherrod Brown

1:48:19 to 1:48:39( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it, why so far not one republican has been willing to walk out here and tell a c.e.o. that i'm responsible for this ad, my corporation paid for this ad? they're not willing to because republicans really know come election time that when multinational corporations are willing to write million-dollar checks that they are the beneficiary because we know that

Sherrod Brown

1:48:40 to 1:49:01( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: not by my party by a long shot is perfect, but we know that republican candidates are almost always supported by the biggest multinational, often foreign corporations in this country. the big oil companies, the big insurance companies, the big drug companies that have already too much power here, but they're going to have more power here because they're spending all

Sherrod Brown

1:49:02 to 1:49:26( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: this money to elect conservative republican procorporate at any cost candidates. and what that will mean is higher taxes for individuals as corporations pay less, less corporate responsibility, more deregulation of wall street and the environment. look at what happened on wall street in the last three years. look at what happened to the

Sherrod Brown

1:49:27 to 1:49:47( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: environment with b.p. the merry-go-round will continue. mr. president, the disclose act also has a provision that said political decisions cannot be influenced by foreign-owned companies. so we are putting a prohibition in this bill that a foreign-owned company can't come to america and buy elections.

Sherrod Brown

1:49:48 to 1:50:08( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i'm incredulous that my republican opponents who always talk about nationalism, always challenge patriotism of people whom they don't agree with, who always are talking about our national interests, always bashing immigrants, that they would, they would not agree with us that foreign companies ought not to be able to come in and

Sherrod Brown

1:50:09 to 1:50:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: buy american elections. but tkpweus that's okay to -- but i guess that's okay because our bill says foreign-owned corporations may not participate in american elections in this way. a company -- to me, it's bad enough that a company based in the united states -- i mean, this is a case, mr. president, where a company that's based in

Sherrod Brown

1:50:31 to 1:50:51( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the united states but owned by a european interest can still contribute. that's what citizens united case said. we're saying no to that. think of a u.s.-based chinese-owned company spending millions to influence a trade or manufact one of the things i fought for here -- i know the presiding

Sherrod Brown

1:50:52 to 1:51:12( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: officer agrees with this and has been supportive -- is made in america provisions. that we have seen in down state illinois and suburban chicago and springfield, illinois and ohio and cleveland and toledo, we've seen significant erosion of our manufacturing base. one of the reasons for that is

Sherrod Brown

1:51:13 to 1:51:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: that companies have moved offshore because of bad trade agreements and bad tax law that we're trying to fix thaoepb it's been -- even though it's been blocked by the other side. we also know that most americans would love to buy clothes made in the united states, would like to buy products. they go to store products made in the u.s.a. tell me that a foreign-owned

Sherrod Brown

1:51:35 to 1:51:55( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: corporation that spends political money comes in and gives hundreds of thousands of dollars to a conservative political candidate, that that corporation isn't going to come and lobby that member of congress against our made in america -- some of our made in america laws we've tried to enact. you can bet those conservative politicians who love to trumpet

Sherrod Brown

1:51:56 to 1:52:16( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: their patriotism and accuse others who disagree of not being so patriotic that they'll find a way to vote against any kind of strength -- they'll find a way to oppose strengthening made in america rules. and, if anything, mr. president, bearing the label made in america should be in our elections.

Sherrod Brown

1:52:17 to 1:52:40( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i am just amazed that republicans in this body don't agree with that. it used to be, mr. president, the disclosure of campaign expenditures has been bipartisan. republicans, democrats, we -- and it is bipartisan in the public. it's just not bipartisan here. we should not want to see our democratic system become the

Sherrod Brown

1:52:41 to 1:53:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: puppet of corporate america or either special interests. transparency matters. people ought to know where these dollars come from. disclosure matters. companies should have to disclose and take responsibility for those ads and those kicks. by enabling americans to see behind the act ensures americans will not be left in the dark. the bill restores some of the

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