The following blog post, originally posted on Earthrights.org, was written by our Legal Advisory Committee member Katie Redford. The post is a part of Blog Action Day, an annual event aimed at uniting bloggers around a common theme, this year's theme being human rights. For a full list of our new Legal Advisory Committee with brief bios for each member, click here.
Recently the Statesmen Journal featured a powerful opinion piece written by Mike Sumner, a small business owner and Republican from Woodburn, Oregon. His piece illustrates the threat of corporate dominance in our elections due to increased power from campaign contributions, and the particular concern for small business owners and consumers alike.
Fran Korten, the executive director of YES Magazine, wrote a new article yesterday to highlight the role of big money in politics and the connections between the 2010 Citizens United case, McCutcheon vs. FEC, and the current government shutdown.
Today marks a very troubling moment for our democracy as the Supreme Court will hear the McCutcheon vs. FEC case. While the 2010 Citizens United case allowed corporations to make unlimited campaign expenditures to influence our elections, McCutcheon will enable the wealthy few to give more money directly to the candidates themselves.
This post is written by Free Speech for People Co-Founder and President Jeff Clements and is featured on the ACS Law Blog.
The facts are clear --- small businesses are overwhelmingly against unlimited campaign spending in elections. Why? Because campaign spending limits makes good business sense.
Three years after Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that granted corporations the right to free speech and the power to flood our elections with campaign contributions, comes a new battle.
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CONTACT: Ryan O’Donnell October 2, 2013
On Argument of McCutcheon v. FEC, Democracy
Groups Call for Constitutional Amendment
Supreme Court hearing case shows need for an amendment to protect integrity
of our democracy, eight groups argue
On Thursday in a live event sponsored by the Constitutional Accountability Center, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Professor Lawrence Lessig, director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, discussed why they believe the founding fathers would disagree with the way in which the Supreme Court interpreted the term “corruption” in its ruling on Citizens United v. FEC.
Today we celebrate a significant milestone in the campaign for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United. Support for the amendment now stands at one-third of what is needed for victory!