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San Francisco and Eugene put constitutional amendment resolutions before voters this November

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.

Senator Tom Udall provides testimony at US Senate hearing on Citizens United

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.

Constitutional amendment required to undo Citizens United, Senate panel told

Warren Richey

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.

Anti-Citizen United policies proliferate across the country

Laura Lundquist

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.

More Fallout From Citizens United: Corporations Granted More Power to Propagandize to Americans

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: 

Worse Than Watergate

Richard L. Hasen

July 19, 2012

Slate

The new campaign finance order puts the corruption of the 1970s to shame.

Excerpt: 

Richard Posner Bashes Supreme Court’s Citizens United Ruling

James Warren

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: