Using consumers' economic power to tame corporate arrogance is long overdue. We have been slow to use our buying power to stop them from selling us bad politicians and worse policies. That seems to be changing.
Liberal interest groups, watchdogs and unions on Monday threatened to boycott, protest and publicly embarrass corporations that spend money trying to sway the outcome of the November election.
Gathered Monday at the Washington headquarters of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the groups issued a call to arms for the 2012 campaign, vowing to aggressively challenge companies that contribute to super-PACs and 501(c) nonprofit groups.
“If you secretly contribute and scheme to buy our elections, we’re going to come knocking on your door,” said Aaron Black of the Occupy Wall Street movement. “And it’s not just going to be a couple of us. It’s going to be thousands of us. Everywhere you turn your head.” ...The Hill
Doesn't look like this is a one-time deal. Occupy, along with a sizeable group of center and left organizations, are looking to erode the Citizens United decision through new legislation.
Pressure on corporations does work. The number of advertisers dropping Limbaugh's show has increased to 140.