Soon after the American colonies won their fight to separate from the British Empire, the Founding Fathers warned of another threat to government by the people.
The threat does not come from corporations that do business and amass wealth. It comes from corporations that use their wealth to build power for themselves by putting political candidates in office, dictating public policy and evading the law.
On June 11, 2012, the delegates at the national convention of the League of Women Voters adopted the following statement:
Be it resolved, we, the representatives of local and state Leagues assembled at the 2012 LWVUS Convention, call upon the LWVUS Board to advocate strongly for all appropriate, duly-considered measures which may include but are not limited to a constitutional amendment and which:
· are consistent with our current positions on campaign finance reform and individual liberties;
This is a solid article in the Post on the many forces coming together to urge the Supreme Court to reconsider Citizens United.
Free Speech For People has played a key role in this effort, leading the filing of an amicus brief before the Montana supreme court, filing the first amicus brief in the Supreme Court’s review of the same case, and also organizing a rally in front of the Supreme Court, urging it to take this case as its opportunity to re-visit Citizens United.
Supreme Court faces pressure to reconsider Citizens United ruling
Governor Schweitzer lays out Montana’s well-founded reasons for its 100-year-old ban on corporate money in elections, which the Supreme Court is now blocking. Montana’s law is now the basis of a challenge to Citizens United, with the support of amicus briefs by Free Speech For People, Montana businesses, Senators McCain and Whitehouse, and 22 state attorneys general. More »
On an evening in May, eight volunteers gathered in the Gallatin Labor Temple in Bozeman for training in their new endeavor. A few had met before doing similar work: collecting voter information for political campaigns.