Amendment Roundup 06-16-12


Recent news and notes on the movement to overturn Citizens United –
How to Own an Election

If you’re visiting a candidate this summer and looking for a thoughtful house gift, might we suggest a nice super PAC? Thanks to the Supreme Court and Citizens United, they’re all the rage among the mega-wealthy. All it takes is a little paperwork and a wad of cash and presto, you can have, as The Washington Post describes it, a “highly customized, highly personalized political action committee.”

Willits News
Move To Amend Activists Submit Signatures for County Ballot Measure

Mendocino County’s Move To Amend group collected 5,661 signatures in support of a county ballot measure calling for a Constitutional amendment to affirm that corporations are not “persons” and money is not speech.

Huffington Post
Citizens United Targeted By Local Activists In ‘Resolutions Week’

Activists across the country are working this week to mobilize local communities in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and kick money out of politics. It’s all part of a campaign by Public Citizen (and its Democracy Is For People project), Move to Amend, multiple other reform groups and several elected officials.

Blue Mass Group (blog)
Ballot Question to Overturn Citizens United

Together with Move to Amend, the Coffee Party, MoveOn, and others, Common Cause Massachusetts is spearheading a ballot question campaign to demonstrate the overwhelming support for a Constitutional amendment in Massachusetts. If we collect enough signatures to put the question on the 2012 ballot, millions of Massachusetts voters can vote YES in support of a Constitutional amendment.

Reasonablist (blog)
Revisiting Citizens United?

From a Progressive’s strategic point of view, it seems too soon to revisit Citizens United. It’d be better for it to play out a bit – at least one elections cycle – before returning the issue to the Supreme Court. I’d be uncomfortable taking Western Addition Partnership full on at this point.

American Revolution II (blog)
Lessons From Wisconsin

The common thread in an individual’s economic and political helplessness is the increasing prevalence of monolithic, impregnable institutions whose interests are contrary to those of ordinary people. Replacing “one man, one vote,” we have giant corporations, big banks, and power-hungry billionaires willing and able to defraud. Everyone and everything has its price. Louis Brandeis, Associate Justice on the Supreme Court, in the early part of the 20th Century, wrote presciently, “We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”



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