Truthout recently published an oped by Free Speech For People Legal Fellow Ben Horton on why the January 6 insurrection further highlights the danger that corporate political spending poses to our democracy.

The following is an excerpt from the new piece:

To save our democracy, we can’t rely on corporations — we need to understand that they are standing in the way. Not because they are evil, but because they are acting exactly how they were constructed to act: to amass as much wealth as possible. Corporate political spending isn’t part of the solution; it’s part of the problem.

We need to respond by limiting corporate influence on the political process. In the short term, that means supporting innovative legislation that works within current Supreme Court precedent by banning political spending by corporations under substantial foreign ownership, and limiting contributions to super PACs. In the longer term, we must reform the Supreme Court and amend the Constitution to reverse the disastrous Citizens United decision.

Read the full oped here.

Learn more about our fight to end foreign corporate money in our elections here.