Targeting corporate political donations

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 23, 2013 - 8:33 AM

Proposed ballot measures at 3M and Target call for a study of the feasibility of restricting political donations.

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trice01Jan. 23, 13 8:32 AM

I can certainly sympathize with Ms. Alpern's frustration. I wonder if she could imagine being a union member here in Minnesota who is not allowed to work in their own profession if they don't carry a union card. Members have to stand by helplessly while their union officials donate vast sums of cash to candidates (virtually always Democrats) with absolutely no input from the rank and file members. It's one thing to be a corporate shareholder who can sell out and walk away if they don't like the program. It's another to have your living held hostage to a small group of insiders who consistently support candidates and causes repugnant to you, and to add insult to injury, be compelled to hand over a portion of your paycheck to bankroll them.

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take48Jan. 23, 1310:59 AM

trice01, "federal law prohibits a union from spending its general treasury funds on politics if individual employees object to such use—employees, in short, enjoy a federally protected right to opt out of funding union political activity." (article by Benj. Sachs in Columbia Law Review, Vol. 112:800). Exercise your rights!

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tacotonyJan. 23, 13 1:45 PM

Actually a better way to control this is to tax corporations as individuals since this is their new status as accorded by the supreme court

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