Saturday, June 9, 2012

Fight Citizens United

Given the shining example of the Wisconsin recall election, and how money is buying elections, fight back against the Supreme Court decision that started it all, Citizens United. There is a concerted effort to get Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment to counteract its disastrous effects. Below is information from People for the American Way, with a link to efforts underway in your area. Please check it out and get involved. If we don't fight back then kiss democracy bye bye. Thank you.

In January of 2010, the United States Supreme Court upended our political system with its decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The decision undermined more than a century of laws regulating the influence of corporations in elections, and was an unprecedented attack on the core democratic values of the Constitution.

Immediately thereafter, People For the American Way realized that mitigation efforts like the DISCLOSE Act, although important, would not be enough; we knew then, as we know now, that amending the Constitution would be the only way to restore democracy to the people. So we began to organize.

Working with allied organizations, we’ve launched efforts that have had striking results.

And it is because of your hard work that we can now say:
  • More than 200 cities and towns have passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment
  • Over 1,500 public officials support constitutional remedies
  • Over 100 members of Congress now back a constitutional amendment
  • President Barack Obama has voiced his support for a constitutional amendment
  • 5 state legislatures support a constitutional amendment
  • 23 State attorneys general took a position in support of Montana regulating corporate money in elections as its case develops in the U.S. Supreme Court
But there still is much more work that must be done.

To join organizing efforts that are currently underway -- like those surrounding the Resolutions Week initiative -- please check out this map, and reach out to the lead organizers in your area.

If your town is not yet listed, and you would like to start a local amendment campaign, please contact

Money has overwhelmed the political system. We must do everything in our power to stop this process from continuing.

If we work together, we can create a more just and democratic country.

Thank you for all you do,

Calvin Sloan, Field Organizer

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