Massachusetts Senate Calls on Congress to Enact Constitutional Amendment Reversing Citizens United Decision
The city councils of San Francisco, CA and Eugene, OR have acted this week to put questions calling for a constitutional amendment to overrule Citizens United before their respective voters on citywide ballots this November.
Both measures would call for an amendment making it clear that corporations do not have the constitutional rights of people.
Testimony of Senator Tom Udall
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
Hearing on “Taking Back Our Democracy: Responding to Citizens United and the Rise of Super PACs”
July 24, 2012
Good afternoon Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham, and members of the Subcommittee.
Thank you for holding this important hearing.
Christian Science Monitor
July 24, 2012
It will take a constitutional amendment to reverse the flood of independent money inundating American elections in the aftermath of the US Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee was told on Tuesday.
New laws alone will not be enough to counter the impact of the 2010 high court decision establishing that corporations have a First Amendment right to make independent political expenditures during election season, witnesses told the panel.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
July 22, 2012
National support is growing for policies and bills that oppose personhood for corporations, especially in elections.
Last week, the Montana Secretary of State announced the November ballot would include I-166, an initiative to make a state policy saying corporations should not receive individual rights.
Public support for such initiatives is high.
Steve Rosenfeld discusses with Tamara Piety, author of Brandishing the First Amendment: Commercial Expression in America, what may be next if corporations have constitutional rights: almost no way to ensure truth in advertising.
Here's an excerpt from the article featured on AlterNet:
Richard L. Hasen
July 19, 2012
The new campaign finance order puts the corruption of the 1970s to shame.
July 14, 2012
The Daily Beast
Richard Posner is the most influential conservative judge outside the Supreme Court. And he thinks its campaign-finance ruling encourages bribery. James Warren on Posner's latest shot—and Scalia's gun love.
Citizens United is bad for business, too: Op-Ed in The Hill by Amy Domini, founder and CEO, Domini Social Investments
Amy Domini has written a great OpEd in The Hill newspaper, detailing how Citizens United and a system based on privileged access for insiders hurt small businesses and innovators who are the real drivers of our economy.
The piece highlights the work of our partners, the American Sustainable Business Council and also mentions Free Speech For People's work engaging business leaders in the campaign to put American democracy back on a level playing field.
Here's an excerpt: