America’s Most Dynamic (Yet Under-Covered) Movement: Overturning Citizens United

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by JOHN NICHOLS (The Nation)

 

The most under-covered political movement in the United States – and there  are a lot of under-covered political movements in the United States – is the  broad-based national campaign to enact a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court rulings that ushered in the era of  big-money politics.

 

On the eve of the nation’s July 4th celebrations, Oregon became the 16th state to formally call  for an amendment. With bipartisan support the state House and Senate requested that Congress take  necessary steps to reestablish the basic American premise that “money is  property and not speech, and (that) the Congress of the United States, state  legislatures and local legislative bodies should have the authority to regulate  political contributions and expenditures…”

 

Oregon is the fifth state to make the call for corporate accountability in  three months, making 2013 a banner year for a movement that began with little  attention and little in the way of institutional support after the U.S. Supreme  Court’s 2010 ruling, in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission,  that corporations could spend as freely as they like to buy favorable election  results.

 

Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/175129/americas-most-dynamic-yet-under-covered-movement-overturning-citizens-united#ixzz2YCjm3MVN

Greg Russak‘s insight:

North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones Jr., who maintains one of the most conservative voting records in the House has signed on as a co-sponsor of one of several proposed amendments. Why? “If we want to change Washington and return power to the citizens of this nation, we have to change the way campaigns are financed,” says the congressman. “The status quo is dominated by deep-pocketed special interests, and that’s simply unacceptable to the American people.”

Congressman Jones is right. By becoming a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the American Anti-Corruption Act, we can send a very clear message to Congress.

 

Learn more at http://unitedrepublic.actionkit.com/event/cosponsor/9815/

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