A quick glance at the top 10 ways the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC has continued to threaten our democracy in 2013.
10. Corporations, which the Supreme Court equated with people in Citizens United, are now also trying to gain the rights of religious freedom.
9. A federal appeals court ruled that corporations have constitutional rights not to tell workers of their right to form unions.
8. The new McCutcheon vs FEC Supreme Court case could toss out key campaign contribution limits and effectively bring more money into the political system.
6. Since the Citizens United decision in 2010, annual political contributions from Monsanto’s corporate PAC have increased by more than 100%. And, Monsanto and other agribusinesses have succeeded in swaying elections against GMO labeling legislation with their immense campaign expenditures in states like CA and WA.
5. A recent Rasmussen poll found that only 28% of respondents believed that the Supreme Court was doing a good or excellent job.
4. In order to combat the increased spending by corporations in elections, 9 states are now increasing contribution limits, effectively adding EVEN MORE money in the political process.
3. SuperPACS have spent $16,300,535.17 in independent expenditures since the beginning of 2013.
2. Political candidates have gotten more money from a smaller percentage of the population than any year for which data is available.
1. Above all the ruling in Citizens United continues to undermine the constitutional promise of political equality for all, and government of, by, and for the people.
And even though the ruling will be turning 4 this January…
The good news is that we’re 1/3 of the way to overturning Citizens United with 16 states, and 125 members of Congress calling for an amendment. And we’re gaining more and more support daily thanks to everyone who has taken action this year.