Congress: support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end corporate personhood
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Congress: support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end corporate personhood

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We deserve a country where our elected officials are not bought and paid for by big corporations.

But the Citizens United vs. FEC Supreme Court decision overturned over a century of precedent and opened the floodgates for unlimited amounts of corporate money to flow into our political system.

Shockingly, the court came to this decision based on the notion that a corporation is legally a “person” entitled to First Amendment rights, and by equating a corporation’s right to spend unlimited amounts of money influencing an election with the our right to free speech. 

Tell your senators and member of Congress to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end corporate personhood.

Even before the Citizens United decision, we too often saw the interests of Main Street subverted in favor of the interests of Wall Street.

But with the Citizens United decision now the law of the land, large corporations have the power to spend unlimited amounts of money from their general treasuries to buy elections. 

To put things in perspective, the roughly $745 million Barack Obama raised to run for President in the 2008 election cycle (which was the most money raised by any candidate ever to run for office in the U.S.) is dwarfed by the $45 billion in profits a single company (ExxonMobil) made in 2008.

What’s more, Citizens United opened loopholes that allow corporations to hide their campaign expenditures by laundering the money through non-profit advocacy organizations.

Tell your senators and member of Congress to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end corporate personhood.

Unfortunately, because Congress cannot pass a law that supersedes a Supreme Court ruling, it may take a constitutional amendment to undo the worst aspects of the Citizens United decision and end corporate personhood.

Clearly, the bar to successfully amending the Constitution is very high. But with 85% of the public opposed to the Citizens United decision, there is a potential for a broad coalition of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who all want to restore our democracy.

And let’s remember, the stakes are too high to allow inaction on this issue. It’s no exaggeration to say that the Citizens United decision fundamentally threatens the integrity of our democracy.

We need a government of, for and by the people. And sadly, we might need to work really hard to re-establish the common sense and democratic view that only people are people, not corporations.

Your senators and member of Congress need to hear from you, regardless of where they stand on this issue. We need to show them that their constituents are part of a broad movement demanding action – not only to convince them that overturning Citizens United is the right thing to do, but also that it’s possible.

Today, take a step to be part of that movement.

Tell your senators and member of Congress to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end corporate personhood.

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We cannot have a government that is bought and paid for by huge multinational corporations. We need a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Put the full power of your office behind a constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United and end corporate personhood.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Gabriel Ramirez SAN JUAN, UNITED STATES
      • almost 2 years ago

      Corporations do not have a vote, they do not participate as citizens, they don't have children, they don't get married, they don't get an education, & the don't go to war. We cannot have corporations buy elections & dilute American democracy by flooding campaigns with funds that skew democracy.

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    • Roberto Mahoney PUYALLUP, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Corporations are not people and we do not need corporations buying votes.

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    • Michael Chou EVANSTON, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      We cannot have another election that is determined by campaigns that are driven by money. Elections should be about the issues, not the bank accounts.

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    • Jake Barnes HICKSVILE, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      For a variety of reasons one being that my own family members are swayed by lies promulgated by these corporate overlords. Most people don't have the time or patience required to learn the details of politics.

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    • Gary North GARDEN CITY, ID
      • almost 2 years ago

      Giant corporations had too much influence over politics before the Citizens United decision. This decision takes the legal fiction of the corporation as a person to a ridiculous extreme by assigning to it rights that were intended for real people, not for corporations. The result is a fund raising balance that is off the charts in favor of wealthy entities, an imbalance that is particularly toxic at state and local levels where candidates normally have very limited fund raising capability. The selection of our leaders should not be done at the whim of a handful of super rich and powerful entities. Wasn’t this what our founding fathers rebelled against in 1776?

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