I’ve been watching Battlestar Galactica (Yeah, I know, I’m a little behind- but I’m a busy guy) and it occurred to me that the Cylon’s (machines masquerading as people) war with human beings is the perfect model for the Citizens United decision. Both Cylons and Citizens United were created by people- and both threaten to wipe out civilization as we know it. And for those of you who aren’t geeks (like me)- think Frankenstein.
From the Montana Democrats:
Congressman Dennis Rehberg is leading efforts in Montana to defend the notion that corporations have the same constitutional rights as people, calling efforts to undo the Citizens United decision “theater.”
Senator Jon Tester has been a leading opponent of Citizens United and the corrupting influence it brings to Montana’s elections. Tester also supports Senator Max Baucus’ constitutional amendment, which would provide a permanent fix to the Citizens United decision by putting elections back in the hands of Montanans and preventing corporations from drowning out the voices of voters.
According to news reports, Congressman Rehberg, who agrees that corporations are people, is dismissing efforts to undo Citizens United, saying they have “no chance of passing.”
Rehberg is no stranger to campaign secrecy.
Earlier this week he got caught failing to disclose one in seven donors in his most recent fundraising report. Earlier this year, he got caught hiding $25,000 he took from lobbyists in 2011. Rehberg also called measures to improve transparency in political campaigns “unnecessarily difficult.”
Opposition to Citizens United in Montana has been widespread. Montanans in November will vote on a ballot measure (I-166) to state that corporations are not people. As expected, Rehberg won’t say whether he supports the initiative.
“Congressman Rehberg refuses to make our elections more transparent because he refuses to hold himself accountable to Montanans,” said Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “After 12 long years in DC, Congressman Rehberg is now leading efforts to defend the broken system that lets special interests buy elections, because he knows they want to buy an election for him.”
Last year, Congressman Rehberg earned an endorsement, and a $10,00 check, from the organization Citizens United. Karl Rove’s secretive special interest group Crossroads GPS recently announced a major television ad buy in Montna to help Congressman Rehberg, and they can spend every penny with no transparency thanks to Rehberg’s Citizens United decision.
Yep, the metaphor works. And for those of you not up to speed, Battlestar Galactica is available streaming on Netflix…
- Tester’s Working. Rehberg’s On “Vacation”. (dgsmith.org)
- Rehberg has done little to help Montanans (billingsgazette.com)
- Initiative declaring corporations aren’t humans certified for Montana ballot (missoulian.com)