Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Friday, January 20, 2012

2 Years of Citizens United Damage

A message from
Two years ago this week, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that corporations have the constitutional right to spend unlimited money influencing our elections.
Since then we've seen a massive wave of corporate cash, super-PACs, and secret spending flood our democracy. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to influence elections and we have no clue which corporations are behind it.
But President Obama has the power, right now, to begin to undo some the damage caused by Citizens UnitedAn executive order, already drafted by his advisers, would force corporations like Halliburton, Verizon, Chevron, and others that get government contracts to at least disclose their political spending. Reports indicate that the president is considering whether or not to issue the order right now.1
It would be a game-changing step, but he needs to act quickly in order to implement it in time for this year's election. So today we're joining the growing campaign to to convince the president to step up and act right away.
Our goal is to deliver as many petitions as possible before the State of the Union address next week. Two years ago the president criticized Citizens United during the State of the Union. Now is the perfect moment for him to take action.
The executive order he's considering would immediately end the secrecy that so many companies can exploit right now. Many of the biggest corporations in the world are government contractors for defense, telecommunications, technology, and more. All told, companies that could be affected by the order employ 22 percent of the American workforce.2
Democrats in Congress tried to pass a comprehensive bill requiring all corporations to report their political spending but Republicans in the Senate blocked it.
But President Obama doesn't need Republican approval to enact this executive order. He can bypass their obstruction and begin to bring transparency and fairness back into our broken democracy.
Thanks for all you do.
–Robin, Elena, Stephen, Milan, and the rest of the team
1. "Will Obama Issue an Order Exposing Big Corporate Political Spenders in Citizens United Era?," Alternet, January 10, 2012.
2. Ibid. 
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