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Vermont Today

November 27, 2011

MONTPELIER — It has been nearly two years since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in the Citizens United case, giving corporations the right to spend unlimited amounts of money from their coffers to try to influence elections.

During that span of time, opponents of the decision haven’t faded away. Instead, the energy from the Occupy Wall Street movement – which revolves largely around opposition to the sway that monied Americans and corporations hold over government – may be adding momentum for a renewed push against corporate campaign spending.

But when the highest court in the land issues a ruling you disagree with, what can you do?

That question is the subject of a public forum and panel discussion in Montpelier this Tuesday that will feature law professors; the former Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb; and the founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.

“This free and open-to-the-public event seeks to kick-start a statewide conversation about avenues Vermont citizens and officials can pursue to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial and flawed ruling,” according to a news release announcing the event.

The public forum is one instance of Vermonters and others around the country trying to keep the movement against Citizens United alive, but there are numerous other examples.

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