Citizens United vs FEC
A government “of, by and for the people” is the most basic promise of American democracy ─ but in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling dealt a serious blow to this concept. In a 5-4 decision, the Court said it is unconstitutional to limit the amount of money corporations and trade unions spend to tell people to elect or defeat specific candidates.
Since the Citizens United ruling, outside spending in elections has skyrocketed and millions of corporate dollars have swept special-interest candidates into office across the nation and here in NC. Learn More.
Citizens United Against Citizens United
A grassroots movement is growing against the Supreme Court’s decision to give corporations new ways to buy politicians and public policy. There are several proposals in Congress to reverse the impact of Citizens United, including several proposals to amend the US Constitution to say that coporations are not people and political spending is not free speech. Resolutions calling for such amendments are now in the NC House and NC Senate and local resolutions have passed in numerous NC cities. Learn More.
You Can Help!
Here are a few ways you can build support for a different kind of politics:
- Sign our petition to tell state legislators to Cut the Strings to corporate politics!
- Let us know if you will write a letter to the Editor about the need to roll back Citizens United
- Work on a local resolution against Citizens United and the corporate control of politics in your city or town. Contact Move to Amend or NC Voters for Clean Elections for moreinformation.
- Ask your U.S. House Rep to co-sponsor HR 414, Congressman David Price’s bill to mend the outdated presidential campaign financing program. Learn who represents you here.
- Demand Fair Elections for Congress. Ask your Senators to co-sponsor the Fair Elections Now Act for publicly financed Congressional races.