Local protest targets business, elections

News & Record – Greensboro, North Carolina

Amanda Lehmert

September 24, 2012

Local advocates have joined a national protest against corporate influence over elections.

Residents, including Elon law students, are pushing for a constitutional amendment to upend Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, a 2010 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. That ruling allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to support candidates under the protection of the First Amendment free speech rights.

A local grass-roots group, called the Peoples Coalition Against Citizens United, and Elon’s chapter of the National Lawyers Guild asked the Greensboro City Council to consider a resolution opposing the court decision. Advocates, including City Councilwoman Marikay Abuzuaiter, want city leaders to ask Congress to start the amendment process.

“There is no other way to do this but from the bottom up,” said coalition leader Barbara Heidrick Carrano of Greensboro.

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