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Petitioning Representative Darrell Issa and 13 others
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Representative
Darrell Issa
Representative
Luke Messer
Representative
Hal Rogers
Representative
Lamar Smith
Representative
Eric Cantor
Senator
Barbara Boxer
Senator
Mitch McConnell
Representative
John Boehner
Representative
Randy Weber
Senator
Bernie Sanders
Representative
Joe Kennedy
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States

Support a 28th Amendment for The Separation of Corporation and State

4,949
Supporters

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

Record spending in the 2010 election -- including hundreds of millions of corporate dollars -- has shown us clearly what’s wrong with the idea that corporations have a right to spend limitless money on elections, as if they were people. When corporations take over our democracy, people lose.

In January 2010, a closely divided Supreme Court opened the floodgates, ruling that corporations have a Constitutional “free speech” right to spend money on elections. The court trampled on decades of settled law, including the new McCain-Feingold law enacted just a few years ago by members of Congress from both parties.

Corporations (and the Supreme Court) are out of control. It’s time to take back our democracy. 

Text is from Free Speech For People and MoveToAmend

In Addition to This Petition ... Also sign the Petitions at:

FreeSpeechForPeople and MoveToAmend and PublicCitizen

In addition, this issue goes beyond just corporate takeover of the American electoral process and all the way back to the judicial bastardization of the 14th Amendment (for freed slaves) to include the ridiculous notion of "corporate personhood." Thus, since the 14th Amendment rulings have allowed corporations to overtake this country's government where the Church has been Constitutionally kept out, we are forced to call for a 28TH AMENDMENT FOR THE SEPARATION OF CORPORATION AND STATE. 

Study Results

January 20, 2011 - On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling inCitizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a new public opinion survey finds that seventy-nine percent of Americans sharply disapprove of the decision and support a Constitutional amendment to reverse the Court’s ruling. The study, conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of Free Speech for People, confirmed previous polls that found wide-ranging and strong disapproval for the decision but is the most comprehensive to date to measure public support for enacting a Constitutional amendment. In the 111th Congress, Members, including Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD4) introduced amendment bills seeking to overturn the Citizens United decision. (this bill must now be reintroduced into the 112th Congress)

“This study demonstrates that across a broad political spectrum, the American people oppose the Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC,” said John Bonifaz, co-founder and director of Free Speech for People. “They are ready for a Constitutional amendment campaign that will restore our democracy and return corporations to their place as economic rather than political entities.”

The survey found support for a Constitutional amendment “to make clear that corporations do not have the same rights as people” crosses all party lines. Large majorities of Democrats (87%), independents (82%), and Republicans (68%) support passage of the amendment. “Each of the arguments in favor of passing a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision,” Hart Research reports, “is more convincing than any of the arguments against it, and the least effective argument against passage is that it will take too long and is not a good use of Congress’s time.”

“In many different ways,” Hart Research concludes, “the American public makes clear its disapproval of the ruling in the Citizens United case and signals its broad support for a Constitutional amendment to overturn this decision and make clear that corporations do not have the same rights as people. There is a clear desire to readjust the level of influence that corporations have in the nation’s political, legislative, and regulatory systems.”

A full report of the survey findings can be found here.

The above text comes from Free Speech For People.

Please see the letter below.

 


Letter to
Representative Darrell Issa
Representative Luke Messer
Representative Hal Rogers
and 11 others
Representative Lamar Smith
Representative Eric Cantor
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Mitch McConnell
Representative John Boehner
Representative Randy Weber
Senator Bernie Sanders
Representative Joe Kennedy
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
To correct the damage the Supreme Court has done to the First and Fourteenth Amendments, we demand a Constitutional amendment which unilaterally restores 'personhood' to people, and people alone."

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a new public opinion survey finds that seventy-nine percent of Americans sharply disapprove of the decision and support a Constitutional amendment to reverse the Court’s ruling. The study, conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of Free Speech for People, confirmed previous polls that found wide-ranging and strong disapproval for the decision but is the most comprehensive to date to measure public support for enacting a Constitutional amendment.

“This study demonstrates that across a broad political spectrum, the American people oppose the Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC,” said John Bonifaz, co-founder and director of Free Speech for People. “They are ready for a Constitutional amendment campaign that will restore our democracy and return corporations to their place as economic rather than political entities.”

The survey found support for a Constitutional amendment “to make clear that corporations do not have the same rights as people” crosses all party lines. Large majorities of Democrats (87%), independents (82%), and Republicans (68%) support passage of the amendment. “Each of the arguments in favor of passing a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision,” Hart Research reports, “is more convincing than any of the arguments against it, and the least effective argument against passage is that it will take too long and is not a good use of Congress’s time.”

“In many different ways,” Hart Research concludes, “the American public makes clear its disapproval of the ruling in the Citizens United case and signals its broad support for a Constitutional amendment to overturn this decision and make clear that corporations do not have the same rights as people. There is a clear desire to readjust the level of influence that corporations have in the nation’s political, legislative, and regulatory systems.”

Below is our resolution in support of a Constitutional Amendment:

WHEREAS the First Amendment to the United States Constitution was designed to protect the free speech rights of people, not corporations;

WHEREAS, for the past three decades, a divided United States Supreme Court has transformed the First Amendment into a powerful tool for corporations seeking to evade and invalidate democratically-enacted reforms;

WHEREAS, this corporate takeover of the First Amendment has reached its extreme conclusion in the United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United v. FEC;

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC overturned longstanding precedent prohibiting corporations from spending their general treasury funds in our elections;

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC will now unleash a torrent of corporate money in our political process unmatched by any campaign expenditure totals in United States history;

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC presents a serious and direct threat to our democracy;

WHEREAS, the people of the United States have previously used the Constitutional amendment process to correct those egregiously wrong decisions of the United States Supreme Court that go to the heart of our democracy and self-government;

NOW HEREBY BE IT RESOLVED THAT WE THE UNDERSIGNED VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES CALL UPON THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PASS AND SEND TO THE STATES FOR RATIFICATION A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO RESTORE THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND FAIR ELECTIONS TO THE PEOPLE.

In addition, this issue goes beyond just corporate takeover of the American electoral process and all the way back to the judicial bastardization of the 14th Amendment (for freed slaves) to include the ridiculous notion of "corporate personhood." Thus, since the 14th Amendment rulings have allowed corporations to overtake this country's government where the Church has been Constitutionally kept out, we are forced to call for a 28TH AMENDMENT FOR THE SEPARATION OF CORPORATION AND STATE.

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution:

- to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to Constitutional rights

- to guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our vote and participation count

- to protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments

- to abolish corporate lobbyists and their court-sponsored chokehold on the Senate and House of Representatives

- to clarify through due process that corporations are not considered a person, artificial or otherwise - to emphatically reverse the 1886 Supreme Court ruling in the case of Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, 118 U.S. 394, in which corporations were recognized as persons for purposes of the Fourteenth Amendment

- to prohibit corporate support, financial or otherwise, in the electoral and political processes of the United States of America

- to lawfully prohibit "cross-contamination" between corporate boardmembers and those who are employed to hold political office

WE THE PEOPLE Support a 28th Constitutional Amendment for The Separation of Corporation and State.