Today is the third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s terrible decision in the Citizens United case, in which they ruled that:
- Corporations are people, my friend
- Money = speech
- So corporate people can spend as much money as they want to by elections
The results: More money than ever has poured into the electoral process, effectively making many races an auction where the highest bidder owns the winner. And – no surprise – that means that companies can spend mere millions to buy their politicians, who then turn around and give them billions in benefits.
It’s a sick system, and it needs to be changed.
Senator Al Franken is trying to do something about it. Here’s a letter he’s circulating, asking you to help him:
You don’t need me to tell you how much damage Citizens United has caused in the three years since the decision came down. You just need to turn on a TV.
Corporate-backed special interests own the airwaves come election time — and, all too often, they own our elections, too.
We could mark the three-year anniversary of Citizens United by crying in our grape soda. Or we could mark it by fighting back.
A group of Senators — including Sherrod Brown, Mark Begich, Jon Tester, Max Baucus & Tom Udall — and I are teaming up to make a new push to undo the disastrous effects of Citizens United. Want in? Just click here and sign our petition.
Make no mistake: Progressives can still win big fights, even three years after Citizens United.
But the longer we let this decision stand, the harder it’s going to be. The more influence these corporate special interests have over our elections, the more influence they’ll have over our government — and the harder it will be for us to enact reform.
It’s a vicious cycle. And that’s why now is such an important moment for action.
Three years of Citizens United is enough — please sign our petition and help us restore our democracy!
There’s nothing nice to say about Citizens United. And there’s nothing to celebrate on its anniversary. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do something to mark the occasion. Let’s commit to undoing the effects of Citizens United — and let’s restore our democracy.
P.S.: A billion dollars is a lot of money. But grassroots energy can beat a billion dollars.
(Image by DonkeyHotey.)