State of Tennessee secondary Archives: on Government Reform


Terry Adams: Corporation aren't people and money isn't speech

We simply must get big money out of politics. Not long ago it seemed possible that we would have real campaign reform. Then in 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States made a decision in a case known as Citizens United. In that case, the Supreme Court decided that, for the purposes of campaigns and elections, corporation are people and money is speech.

I beg to differ. The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America is for "We the People" not "We the Corporations." Allowing corporations to spend as much money as they want to influence elections flies in the face of everything thing our democracy stands for, a government of the people, for the people, and by the people.

That is why I vehemently support a constitutional amendment stating unequivocally that corporations are not people and money is not "speech." It is time we give our democracy back to the people of Tennessee and the citizens of this country.

Source: 2014 TN Senate campaign website, AdamsForTN.com Jun 25, 2014

Bob Corker: Work ethic requires solving problems, not just talking

Q: A recent TV ad says you missed several hundred votes in Congress. Have you?

FORD: Iíve been in Congress for 10 years, and made 93% of the votes. During the last two years, while Iíve been running for the Senate, Iíve missed some votes, many of them procedural votes, where my vote would not have changed things one way or the other. A 93% record is pretty decent. Iím proud my name is on some legislation, even while we were in the minority in Congress.

CORKER: Thereís a tremendous difference between the way Congressman Ford and myself approach the public arena. My work ethic is that I wake up each day wanting to make the most of it, toward solving problems. Congressman Ford is a great talker. But it really takes hard work and focus to solve our countryís problems. Thatís what I want to take to the US Congress.

Source: 2006 TN Senate debate, at Univ. of Chattanooga, x-ref Ford Oct 10, 2006

Harold Ford: Missed votes while campaigning, but voted 93% of the time

Q: A recent TV ad says you missed several hundred votes in Congress. Have you?

FORD: Iíve been in Congress for 10 years, and made 93% of the votes. During the last two years, while Iíve been running for the Senate, Iíve missed some votes, many of them procedural votes, where my vote would not have changed things one way or the other. A 93% record is pretty decent. Iím proud my name is on some legislation, even while we were in the minority in Congress.

CORKER: Thereís a tremendous difference between the way Congressman Ford and myself approach the public arena. My work ethic is that I wake up each day wanting to make the most of it, toward solving problems. Congressman Ford is a great talker. But it really takes hard work and focus to solve our countryís problems. Thatís what I want to take to the US Congress.

Source: 2006 TN Senate debate, at University of Chattanooga Oct 10, 2006

Steve Cohen: Limit campaign contributions and campaign spending

Q: Do you support current limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?

A: Yes.

Q: PAC contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Parties contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: Yes.

Source: 2004 TN Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

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