Phoenix City Council: Reverse Citizens United!
  • Petitioned Michael Nowakowski

This petition was delivered to:

Committee Chair
Michael Nowakowski
Daniel Valenzuela
Thelda Williams
Michael Johnson

Phoenix City Council: Reverse Citizens United!

    1. Kevin Hengehold
    2. Petition by

      Kevin Hengehold

      Phoenix, AZ

Democracy is not for sale.

Corporations aren't people; money isn't speech. 

We know that the Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v. FEC accounted for 78% of the campaign spending in the 2012 election. This money comes from unnamed, anonymous donors. This means that we could be selling our sovereignty, having foreign organizations incorporate and influence our elections without our ever knowing. Furthermore, anonymous communication hides biases in the information. This type of obfuscation can cause serious and irreparable harm to our system of representative democracy. As Ben Franklin said “It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.” It is incumbent upon you, as civil servants, to stem this tide of tyranny and stand up for open and honest communication among the electorate.

For these reasons I request that you endorse the following:

Be it resolved That the City Council of Phoenix, AZ calls upon the United States Congress to pass and send to the state for ratification a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission; and to clarify that: 
Corporations are not entitled to the Constitutional protections or "rights" of natural persons:
and
Money is not speech, and therefore regulating election-related spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech. 
and
Resolved that we instruct the representatives of the City of Phoenix to make the need and support for a constitutional amendment known to our state's Congressional delegation, and to the Congress at large and to ask for their position on such an amendment

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 50 signatures
    2. Let's keep this going! Overturn Citizens United!

      Kevin Hengehold
      Petition Organizer

      Hey folks,

      We've already gotten a great response. We're about halfway to our first goal of 100 signatures. Please share among your friends to help us get there!

      Also, if you have five minutes, call the committee members directly and tell them what you think about Citizens United. A phone call is given much more weight than an emailed petition, so please take a few minutes and make your opinion count.

      The members of the Committee can be contacted at:

      Chair Michael Nowakowski: (602)262-7492
      Michael Johnson: (602)262-7493
      Daniel Valenzuela: (602)262-7446
      Thelda Williams (602)262-7444

    3. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Raleen Nicol NORTHAMPTON, MA
      • 9 months ago

      Legalizing corruption. Banana Republic. Low Life Stuff!

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    • Jeffrey Brown PHOENIX, AZ
      • 11 months ago

      Municipalities can and should put pressure on the Federal Gov't to overturn this ruling. If I'm elected I will work to obtain majority support on the council. fore more info. please visit www.brown4council.com

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    • Gail Shoultes PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      The American people have been sold out by the Citizen's United ruling. In no way, shape or form is this acceptable.

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    • Nancy Marshall PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      This bad decision has allowed large anonymous entities buy elections.

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      • over 1 year ago

      This is the tipping point between wrong-headed anonymous bullies buying government, and honest people voting for it.

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