Corporate Headquarters Capital Confronts Corporate Power

Updated with this piece from the Stamford Advocate, July 6. A full vote of the Stamford Board of Representatives on a resolution calling for a Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United is expected soon. 

Stamford, Connecticut is a wonderful city on the shores of Long Island Sound in Fairfield County. Over the past two or three decades, Stamford has been both fortunate and smart in transitioning in difficult economic times from a somewhat industrial center to a center for the service economy, finance, the arts and more. A significant part of that success has focused on persuading corporate managers to locate headquarters and corporate offices in Stamford.

Now, the Stamford Board of Representatives is considering joining the movement of millions of Americans, hundreds of cities and towns, and increasing numbers of States to pass a resolution condemning the Citizens United case, and calling on Congress to send a Constitutional amendment to the states for ratification. In many ways, affirmative action by Stamford on this resolution can show the nation what is at stake and how we can be smart in fixing our current crisis of American republican democracy.

All over the nation Americans are passing Amendment resolutions to reject “corporate rights” in our Constitution. These show that we are fully capable of recognizing that corporations, as both tools of state policy and property of owners/shareholders, have a very productive role to play in the economy to marshal investment, ideas and labor into productive economic activity, but that Americans are not forced to accept the political equality of corporations and human beings.

Many, many people in Stamford now are working to overturn Citizens United, and to come together despite political differences to support both a strong American economy and a strong republican democracy of people. And nowhere has the local media been as clear and focused on such a critical story as the Stamford Advocate and its city editor, Angela Carella. Check out these stories (and then join the work wherever you are):

June 12, 2012  – Founding fathers worried about corporate clout

June 9, 2012 – Push is on for a revolution by resolution

May 31- We the People or We the Corporations?

About Jeff Clements

Jeff Clements is co-founder and chair of the board of Free Speech for People, a national non-partisan campaign to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, challenge excessive corporate power, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He co-founded Free Speech For People in 2010, after representing several public interest organizations with a Supreme Court amicus brief in the Citizens United case. Jeff has served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public Protection Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. As Bureau Chief, he led more than 100 staff in the enforcement of environmental, healthcare, financial services, civil rights, antitrust and consumer protection laws. In private practice, Jeff has been a partner at Mintz Levin in Boston, and in his own firm. Jeff also has served in leadership capacities on numerous boards, including that of the Portland Water District, a public agency responsible for protecting and delivering safe drinking water and ensuring proper treatment of wastewater for 160,000 people; Friends of Casco Bay, an environmental organization he co-founded with others to protect and enhance stewardship of Maine’s Casco Bay; and The Waldorf School in Lexington, Massachusetts. In 2012, Jeff co-founded Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides cost-effective capital to farmers and businesses engaged in local, sustainable agriculture. Jeff graduated with distinction in History and Government from Colby College in 1984, and magna cum laude from the Cornell Law School in 1988. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife and three children. Jeff Clements Twitter: @ClementsJeff Email:
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