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Massachusetts Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren and Jon Stewart discussed U.S. PIRG and Citizens for Tax Justice's new report, Representation Without Taxation, on the January 24th edition of the Daily Show. The report outlines the "Dirty 30", corporations that spent more money lobbying congress than they paid in taxes between 2008-2010. U.S. PIRG and CTJ released the report to mark the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates for corporate influence in our government, as well as to highlight the need to fix the tax code to force corporations to pay their fair share.
When Warren revealed the report's findings to Stewart, it made the usually unflappable comedian's jaw drop. Warren brought up the discrepancy between these corporation's levels of representation and taxation to point out that, "Washington now works for those who can hire an army of lobbyists and an army of lawyers."
U.S. PIRG is working both in Washington and across the country to stanch the flood of money in elections created by Citizens United. For more on this work read the full Representation Without Taxation report here.
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