For Immediate Release
Supreme Court Ruling a Disaster for Democracy
WASHINGTON - Friends of the Earth President
Erich Pica had the following statement in response to today's 5-4 Supreme
Court decision in Citizens
United v. Federal Election Commission:
"Today's Supreme Court ruling letting corporations
like Exxon, Massey and Goldman Sachs spend billions to influence elections is a
disaster for democracy. Corporate special interests had far too much influence
prior to this ruling. The fact that they can now buy off elected officials via
unlimited independent campaign expenditures is extraordinarily alarming. This
is institutionalized corruption, and it diminishes the likelihood that public
policy will serve the public interest.
"The ruling shows how important it is to confirm
Supreme Court justices who follow the Constitution and are not biased toward
special interests. Chief Justice John Roberts now leads a bloc of five activist
corporatists on the Court. Senators must oppose future nominees who threaten to
join this bloc.
"Citizens can and should overturn today's
Supreme Court ruling by demanding and passing a constitutional amendment
clarifying that the First Amendment's important free speech protections
are for people, not corporations."
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