Although the nation’s current political temperature isn’t at the same fever level as it was during the last national election, many issues remain unresolved. One such issue is money in politics. The Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case opened even wider the floodgates of cash pouring in from special interest groups and their well-compensated lobbyists. Since the high Court’s decision in early 2010, the political financing landscape has changed — and the outcome of the case which, some argue, is based solely on political corruption rather than First Amendment free speech grounds — is one that will have a negative impact for a countless period of time unless the decision is reversed.
On the federal level it doesn’t appear any such move is being made but, on the state level, action is being taken. States such as California and Maine have joined the call to overturn Citizens United.
And then there’s this: ordinary citizens’ involvement started by Move to Amend.
For those unaware, according to Wikipedia, Move to Amend is a “grassroots coalition that works toward overcoming corporate power by calling for a constitutional amendment ending corporate personhood and declaring that money is not speech. The nonpartisan group was created in response to the Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The ruling held that corporations have a First Amendment right to make expenditures from their general treasuries supporting or opposing candidates for political office. Move to Amend argues that the Court’s decision disrupts the democratic process by granting disproportionate influence to the wealthy.”
Move to Amend is making it easy for us; here’s their petition to amend the US Constitution; it’s a great step towards reclaiming democracy.
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United
ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
Please visit their site here. Thanks, in advance, for participating in our democracy.