The Progressive


A project of Common Dreams

For Immediate Release

Lisa Gilbert, Democracy Advocate
Office: 202-546-9707 X 368

Citizens United Opinion Widens Corporate 'Personhood' Rights


Today's Supreme Court decision in Citizen's United vs. Federal Election
Commission will significantly expand the role that the most powerful
corporations play in election financing. (Click here to
download a PDF of the decision.)

In a shocking burst of
judicial activism, the Supreme Court decided that corporations should be
treated in the same manner as ordinary citizens and be allowed to spend the
massive amounts of money they accumulate on direct attack ads for or against
Members of Congress.

"This egregious decision turns back the clock on over 60
years of precedent," said Lisa
Gilbert, Democracy Advocate
for the U.S.
Public Interest Research Group

"A corporation is
not, nor has it ever been, a person with voting rights. Corporations are not
your neighbors, they cannot get married, they cannot die, and a corporation is
not part of "We the People," she added. "It is essential that we fix this
misstep by the courts, before we see the landscape of elections financing
washed away in a raging flashflood of corporate money."

Lifting the ban on
corporate money could further diminish the public voice in a system that
already favors monied special interests, and will certainly lessen the public
trust in our officials.

U.S. PIRG is working in
concert with the White House and Senate and House Leadership to help move a
legislative fix to slam shut the floodgates that today's decision has opened.

U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.