For Immediate Release
Drew Courtney or Josh Glasstetter
Americans Unite Against Corporate Influence in Elections on Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision
WASHINGTON - Today, the first anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, activists around
the country will gather to protest the decision that lifted restrictions on
corporate influence in elections and to call for a constitutional amendment to
reverse it. In addition to house parties and rallies being held across the
country, People For the American Way will join with allies in delivering over
750,000 petitions to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment.
"Poll after poll has shown that Americans-regardless of
political affiliation, race, gender, or geography-want corporations to
have less influence in elections, and strongly disagree with the Supreme
Court's precedent-shattering decision to give them more," said
Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way.
"The Citizens United
decision wasn't just legally dubious. By allowing corporations to spend
freely and without accountability, Citizens
United helped to make the 2010 elections some of the most expensive,
dishonest, and secretive in American history. The American people are fed up
with elections where money matters more than ideas, and where the size of your
bank account determines the scope of your power. A constitutional amendment to
overturn Citizens United will be
a powerful way for Americans to reclaim our stakes in our democracy."
Yesterday, PFAW released a video illustrating the impact of the Citizens
United decision. View it at http://www.pfaw.org/CitUAnniv
More information on the impact of Citizens United on the 2010 elections
can be found in PFAW's report: Citizens
Blindsided: Secret Corporate Money in the 2010 Elections and America's
New Shadow Democracy.
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