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New York City Council to vote on ending corporate personhood – Fight Corporate Ownership of Elections: Sign the Petition!

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By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New York City photo by  Flickr user kaysha

The New York City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution asking Congress to pass an amendment overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The Supreme Court ruled that corporations had the same First Amendment rights as U.S. citizens and that political spending was free speech. The ruling allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, so long as their actions were not directly coordinated with a candidate’s campaign. “Across the country are standing up to reclaim our democracy – and are expecting elected officials to heed the call for constitutional reform that makes clear that democracy is for people, not for corporations,” Jonah Minkoff-Zern, the senior organizer of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign, said in a statement. “New York City should support this movement by passing the resolution.”

The resolution was sponsored by Progressive Caucus Councilmembers Brad Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Stephen Levin with the co-sponsorship of the entirety of the Progressive Caucus and the support of Speaker Christine Quinn.

Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; Albany, NY; Missoula, MO; Boulder, CO and South Miami, FL have all passed similar resolutions.

Fight Corporate Ownership of Elections: Sign the Petition!

With its ruling in the Citizens United case, the Roberts Supreme Court opened the floodgates for anonymous special interest groups to spend limitless sums on political campaigns. The effects have been devastating. People like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers are bombarding the airwaves with attack ads, with no accountability whatsoever.

Nothing less than the integrity of our Democracy is at stake.

Corporate money now dominates our political discourse, and it’s undermining the ability of our political leaders to represent their constituents.

Enough! It’s time to take action to ensure that our elected officials are being sent to Washington to represent the interests of the people, not anonymous special interest groups with deep pockets. Use the form at the right to Stand with Common Cause as we fight the influence of Corporate Money in politics and work to restore accountability to our electoral process.

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