Reduce the influence of special interests in our political process.
elected officials of the UC Berkeley community
The U.S. Supreme Court 5:4 ruling on January 21, 2010 in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission granted corporations the same rights as people when it comes to political spending, rolling back remaining legal limits on corporate spending in the electoral process.
This opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending to influence elections, candidate selection, and policy decisions and caused an unprecedented amount of special interest money to flow into our political process—$2 billion in the 2012 elections.
In a world where 0.28% of the American people max out their political contributions, the top 0.28% controls the fate of American politics. This overwhelming amount of money concentrated in a handful of high-money donors drowns out the voices of students and puts them at a disadvantage in trying to advocate for their interests.
We ask you to support a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and declare that only people are people.