Citizens United Must Go

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill to overturn Citizens United via Constitutional Amendment.  This is the Supreme Court decision (5-4) overturning precedent to hold that corporations are citizens, and giving these corporations free reign to shower our politicians with undisclosed money calling it “free speech.”  Many major cities have adopted resolutions declaring that corporations are not citizens, most recently Los Angeles.

Full article here.  Excerpt below:

Today I introduced a resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A similar resolution has been offered in the house by Rep. Ted Deutsch of Florida.

I do not do this lightly nor have I ever done this before. The U.S. constitution is an extraordinary document which has served our country well for over 200 years. In my view, it should not be amended often. In light of the Supreme Court’s disastrous 5-4 decision in the Citizens United case, however, I see no alternative but a constitutional amendment.

I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

In my view, a corporation is not a person.

In my view, a corporation does not have first amendment rights to spend as much money as it wants, without disclosure, on a political campaign.

In my view, corporations should not be able to go into their treasuries, spend millions and millions of dollars on a campaign in order to buy elections.

I do not believe that is what American democracy is supposed to be about.

I do not believe that that is what the bravest of the brave from our country fighting for democracy fought and died to preserve.

Almost two years ago in its now infamous Citizens United decision, the United States Supreme Court upended over a precedent, taking a somewhat narrow legal question and using it as an opportunity to radically change our political landscape, unleashing a tsunami of corporate spending on campaign ads.

Make no mistake; the Citizens United ruling has radically changed the nature of our democracy. It has further tilted the balance of the power toward the rich and the powerful at a time when the wealthiest people in this country already never had it so good. In my view, history will record that the Citizens United decision is one of the worst in the history of our country.

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