He is professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston
and a senior fellow of the Roosevelt Institute.
One year ago, the Supreme Court ruled in the
Citizens United casethat corporate entities can spend unlimited money in
elections, arguingthat they have the same basic First Amendment rights
as human beings.
President Obama is in Schenectady today, appointing by executive order General Electric (GE) CEO Jeffrey Immelt as chair of a new "President's Council on Jobs and
Competetiveness." He is in effect replacing economic adviser Paul Volcker.
A former Senior Fellow at the Oakland Institute, is a labor organizer and
university lecturer in the Santa Cruz, California, area. Robert's work
at the Oakland Institute focuses on the rapid social and economic
changes in China and its relations to the rest of the world, as well as
on other global issues and social movements.