Here's an illustration of how the fabricated claim that corporations have constitutional rights, which was at the core of the Citizens United decision, really hits home. The tobacco industry recently won a court ruling that graphic warnings on cigarette packages violate the cigarette manufacturing corporations' "free speech" rights.
Democracy Subverted Again: Tobacco Companies Strike Down Public Interest Law By Claiming Corporate First Amendment Rights
The Nation has a thoughtful opinion piece by Katrina vanden Heuvel on Organizing For Action, the new 501(c)(4) entity headed by former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina.
It quotes our co-founder and Executive Director, John Bonifaz. Here it is, below.
'Organizing for Action' or 'Charging for Access'?
Katrina vanden Heuvel on March 7, 2013 - 5:58 PM ET
What are we to make of Organizing for Action?
John Bonifaz, executive director and co-founder of Free Speech For People, joined Democracy Now for a debate with Mark Schmitt, a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, to discuss whether the push for a constitutional amendment is the best path to overturning Citizens United.
Update: This was a bi-partisan vote, with Republican Rep. Jan Angell joining Democrats in approving the resolution.
For Immediate Release
March 8, 2013
On February 27th, the Montana State Senate voted to approve State Senate Joint Resolution 19, "encouraging Montana's elected and appointed state and federal officials to work to amend the constitution... to overturn... Citizens United...". Eight Republican State Senators (Ron Arthun, Edward Buttrey, Jennifer Fielder, Llew Jones, Alan Olson, Scott Sales, Bruce Tutvedt, and Chas Vincent) joined Democrats in supporting the measure.
The New York Times
March 2, 2013
It is tempting to applaud the nonprofit group now spending nearly $100,000 on ads to pressure Republican lawmakers to accept gun-control measures. The group is fighting a well-financed and powerful corporate gun lobby that has never hesitated to spend millions to get its way in Congress.
This article appeared in the February 18, 2013 edition of The Nation.
The Washington Post
February 25, 2013
The Supreme Court on Monday decided against reviewing the century-old ban on corporations making direct contributions to federal candidates.
The court without comment declined to hear an appeal from two men who said the court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on elections, must also nullify the ban on campaign contributions.
After Launching Multimillion Dollar Lobbying Effort, White House Moves to Affirm Support for Overturning Citizens United
Advocates Urge President to Pass
Congress to Pass Amendment Bill and
Send it to the States for Ratification
WASHINGTON, DC. – On Friday, the White House released an official response to a petition initiated by Free Speech For People that had urged him to “use the State of the Union to call for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics,” even whi
Below are excerpts from an article in the Huffington Post today. California's legislature has already passed a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Citizens United: California Poised To Become Largest Electorate To Vote On Constitutional Amendment
California voters are poised to become the largest electorate to decide whether to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling.