Covert Political Contributions Grow | Endangered Species Protections Dwindle
AwN | This article highlights the effect the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling is having on endangered species protections. The argument here is that unregulated contributions enabled by the Citizens United ruling has allowed corporations and industry to overhwelm the democratic procedure and essentially buy a say in the level of environmental protections. Further, the article argues that the use of "riders" allows politicians to pass unpopular legislation regarding various endangered species.
Citizens United: The Cash Cow That's Killing Endangered Species
"A new study I co-authored called "Politics of Extinction" reveals that over the past five years, Republicans in Congress have launched 164 attacks on the Endangered Species Act or an average of 33 per year. That's a 600 percent increase in the rate of legislative attacks on endangered species since Citizens United."....