Illinois has become the 14th State to demand a Constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. That 5-4 decision ruled that the American people may not enact limits on spending in federal, state or even local elections or on contributions to “independent” campaign groups. The Citizens United decision also ratified the newly fabricated doctrine of “corporate speech” rights, comparing corporations to “a disadvantaged person.”
Legal News Line has a story on the Illinois action here.
And on the expanding abuse of the First Amendment by corporations, see this piece from the New Republic, The Right to Evade Regulation, How Corporations Hijacked the First Amendment.
About Jeff Clements
Jeff serves as President of American Promise, a nonpartisan national movement to reform and renew America's political system to combat corruption and secure freedom and equal opportunity for all Americans. He has practiced law for three decades in public service and in a private firm, and is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. He is also the founder of Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides sustainable financing to businesses in the local agriculture economy. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClementsJeff LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-clements/
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