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Groups Energized by Amendments to Overturn Citizens United, Bipartisan Support, Enthusiastic “Netroots” Response

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2012

Groups Energized by Introduction of Constitutional Amendments to Overturn Citizens United

As Grassroots Movement Grows, Amendments Receive Bipartisan Support, Enthusiastic “Netroots” Response

Washington, DC. - Free Speech For People joined with others in applauding yesterday’s introduction in Congress of two Constitutional amendments bills to overturn the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.

Voting Rights and Money Out of Politics Movements Form Historic Democracy Coalition

Miles Mogulescu has good piece up on Huffington Post covering the signficance of this weekend's events, which we are co-sponsoring, jointly remembering the Citizens United anniversary and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Here it is:

Voting Rights and Money Out of Politics Movements Form Historic Democracy Coalition
Posted: 01/18/2013 4:16 pm

American democracy is under threat from two powerful sources:

Petition signatures delivered in Olympia to kick off the campaign for a resolution in Washington State

Yesterday in Olympia, WA, we joined with a coalition of Washington State groups to deliver roughly 12,000 petition signatures, calling for a constitutoinal amendment to overtun Citizens United, to State Senator Adam Kline. Oske Buckley and Arielle Davis from Free Speech For People's staff participated, and Oske spoke at the delivery event.

Wall Street Journal: Ex-Massey Mine Official Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison

For the past year and a half, we've been calling for Massey Energy to lose its corporate charter for its criminal responsibility in the deaths of 29 coal miners when its Upper Big Branch mine in West Vriginia exploded in 2010. The company has paid fines admitting criminal liability in their deaths.

This weekend, Citizens United anniversary and MLK memorial events around the country. Find one near you: MoneyOut-VotersIn.org

This weekend is both the 3rd anniversary of the Citizens United decision and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We're working with a broad coalition of reform and civil rights organizations to sponsor memorial events highlighting the ongoing threats to our democracy both from big money and from organized voter suppression efforts.

We encourage you to find an event near you, and come to it: http://www.MoneyOut-VotersIn.org/

MassLive previews our forthcoming campaign on corporate charter reform

MassLive has an article that discusses in detail our forthcoming campaign to reform state corporate charter laws. Here's an excerpt, below.

Citizens United opponent 'Free Speech for People' wants states to ban companies from political expenditures
By Shira Schoenberg, Political Correspondent
on January 15, 2013 at 4:22 PM Print

Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher criticizes Citizens United decision (CNN Money)

CNN Money, an online outlet from CNN, Fortune, and Money, has a piece on Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher. Asked "How are you feeling about the political system these days?", Kelleher leads off with well-placed criticism of Citizens United:

Jeff Clements at Orion magazine blog: "Louder Than a Dollar"

Our co-founder and President, Jeff Clements, wrote the following on Orion magazine's blog, including a touching tribute to the recently deceased Executive Director at the Rainforest Action Network, Becky Tarbotton.

Louder Than a Dollar
January 11, 2013, by Jeff Clements

Here’s a number from the November elections: 0.5.

That’s not a victory margin; it’s a measure of how bad things have gotten in our democracy.