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National Review: Hillary Says We Should Rewrite the First Amendment, If That’s What It Takes to Reverse Citizens United

Hillary Clinton endorsed a constitutional amendment today to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC​. Clinton said that the Citizens United ruling should be reversed “once and for all, even if it takes a constitutional amendment,” according to MSNBC’s Ari Melber.

In Citizens United, the Court ruled that the First Amendment protects unlimited independent political expenditures by nonprofit groups. The case famously arose when Citizens United, a conservative nonprofit corporation that produces documentaries, made a movie attacking Clinton and released advertisements promoting the movie during her presidential campaign in 2008. A federal court ruled that the regnant campaign laws banned the airing of those ads and the movie in the 30 days prior to the Democratic primaries.

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The Wall Street Journal: Hillary: The Censor Citizens United was about the right to criticize her.

“I think it’s fair to say that . . . the deck is still stacked in favor of those already at the top,” declared Hillary Clinton in Monticello, Iowa, yesterday. She might have added: And that’s why it is clear even now that I am going to be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

National Journal reports that Mrs. Clinton was “speaking to just 22 people.” That’s true if your definition of “person” excludes corporations—specifically media corporations—and their employees, for “those [22] Iowans were far outnumbered by the dozens of reporters who were bunched together behind a thin yellow rope at the back of the room”:

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In her first campaign appearance since announcing her candidacy on Sunday, Hillary Clinton called for a constitutional amendment to restrict political speech by overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Clinton also tried to frame herself as a populist by blasting CEOs and hedge fund managers.

At a Tuesday roundtable event at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa, Clinton said that there is “something wrong” when “CEOs make 300 times” what the average worker makes and “hedge fund managers pay lower tax rates than nurses and truckers that I saw along I-80.” Clinton’s son-in-law is a hedge fund manager for a fund some may have invested in to gain favor with the Clintons.

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Associated Press: Citizens United launches Utah ads supporting Mike Lee

The conservative group Citizens United is launching an advertising campaign in Utah urging residents to call U.S. Sen. Mike Lee and thank him for his conservative policies.

Citizens United president David Bossie says the group wants Utah residents to recognize Lee and enable him to feel confident in his agenda. They've spent $200,000 on the campaign, which launched Monday. Bossie says they may spend more in the months ahead.

He says his group is not worried that the Republican senator could face a primary challenge when he runs for re-election next year. No candidate has emerged.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is about to get a big boost back home in Utah from national conservative group Citizens United, which is launching a $200,000 television, radio and digital ad buy thanking Lee for his work on the conservative reform agenda.

“His plan helps working families and the middle class to prosper with Utah leading the way. Senator Mike Lee, an innovative leader,” a narrator says in the new television ad, shared exclusively with Breitbart News ahead of its public release. “Mike Lee’s conservative reform agenda lowers the cost of higher education so we open more doors of opportunity, eliminates unfair tax penalties for parents, paves the way to better roads, less traffic and more job creation. A principled, problem-solving plan. Call Mike Lee and thank him for the conservative reform agenda.”

Citizens United president David Bossie, in an interview with Breitbart News, said the ad campaign will start on Tuesday on television and online, then will add a “heavy radio component” beginning next week.

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NBC’s new show American Odyssey is a retelling of Homer’s classic tale and also, according to its creators, an illustration of the dangers of Citizens United to American democracy.

The show focuses on Sgt. Odelle Ballard, a woman soldier working with special forces in North Africa. Odelle’s team stumbles upon evidence that a major U.S. corporation has been funding terrorism and are promptly attacked by a blackwater-type private security firm working for the company. Odelle survives thanks to a Muslim boy named Aslam who becomes her guide and protector in her odyssey to return to the United States.

Meanwhile, on the homefront, an Occupy-themed activist learns of a text message Odelle sent just before her escape. He and his group thus become part of the struggle against the corporation and the U.S. military which claims Odelle is dead.

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The Telegraph: State Department slow to release Clinton’s travel manifests

The conservative group Citizens United is going to have to wait a bit longer for Hillary Clinton’s flight manifests from the State Department.

A judge set deadlines for the State Department to begin releasing Clinton’s travel information, with the first date set for last Friday, after the group sued the agency after it failed to respond to a July 2014 Freedom of Information request for manifests of travelers.

In a statement Tuesday, Citizens United said the State Department delivered four documents, which identify the agency staff authorized to travel on Oct. 4, 2009 and May 25, 2009 trips. No flight manifest were delivered.

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Capital Gazette: Right Stuff: Freedom of speech should be for all

Last week the legislatures in Indiana and Arkansas passed their own Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA), similar to the laws in 19 other states and the federal government. Indiana's governor, Mike Pence, was pummeled on national television and Indianapolis became ground zero for protesters.

Opponents of Indiana's RFRA have claimed it will legalize discrimination against gays. Proponents of the law say it protects business owners from lawsuits for following their conscience.

Supporters of gay marriage have always couched the debate in terms of love, privacy, conscience, and a live-and-let-live attitude. But for a small minority, however, it is a weapon to attack the established social order.

In places like Oregon, activists have sought out Christian-owned businesses to confront. Rather than using a photographer or baker who wants their business, activists are seeking out those who don't in order to sue them into oblivion. You'll like gay marriage, or else.

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Associated Press: John Bolton set to attend Citizens United forum in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An upcoming South Carolina gathering that features several potential Republican presidential contenders has added another name to the guest list, organizers announced this week.

Organizers of the summit organized by Citizens United and U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan told The Associated Press that former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton would be appearing. The meeting is scheduled May 9 in Greenville.

Appointed by President George W. Bush, Bolton served as ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006. He also served as a foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign.

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Washington Examiner: Citizens United seeks emails linking Clinton aides to foundation, Teneo firm

Emails and other communications exchanged among three of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's inner circle of advisers and officials at her family's foundation and a controversial consulting firm are at the center of the latest transparency lawsuit to hit the Department of State.

Citizens United, a right-leaning activist nonprofit, sued the department March 16 after it ignored a series of Freedom of Information Act requests for written and electronic communications of Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Kris Balderston, all longtime Clinton confidantes and close aides at the State Department.

But David Bossie, president of Citizens United, is worried the agency will drag its heels in the court case until Clinton's presumed presidential campaign heats up so officials can frame his group's requests as politically motivated attacks.

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