Corporations have bought American politics. 94% of federal elections go to the candidate who spends the most. Through PACs--political action committees--corporations can funnel vast amounts of money into political campaigns, virtually ensuring wins for politicians who then owe those companies favors.
It's time that our American democracy work for the good of all of its people, rather than for wealthy corporations. Overturning the doctrine of corporate personhood is one step along the road to clean elections. Corporate personhood is the idea, which has been developed through U.S. Supreme Court decisions over the past century, that corporations are "people" and that money counts as speech. The way to kill this idea is to call for a constitutional amendment saying that corporations are not people and money is not speech. Many cities, including Los Angeles and New York City, have passed resolutions calling for such an amendment. It's time for Houston City Council to do the same.