Part of the reason is that the 2nd anniversary of the Citizens United decision is coming up this weekend. To mark that anniversary, and to help make sure real people’s voices can be heard above the din of corporate political advertising, people are getting together at hundreds of events, happening all this week, in cities and towns everywhere.
We urge you to show your support for overturning Citizens United by going to an event near you. Click here to find the closest one.
But the anniversary is just one reason why everyone is talking about our issue today. More importantly, we have momentum with us, with people everywhere waking up to the drastic situation facing America, now that corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money to influence the outcome of our elections.
Here are the latest highlights:
“For a moment of dead seriousness, thanks to the United States Supreme Court, there was a decision called Citizens United. And basically what they did is they unleashed the floodgates of money. We can now get 10 people together, each of them give $10 million, which they can do now, and you'd have $100 million in the campaign. By 10 people.
“This nation and this political system is awash in money. There is going to be a scandal, and there will be scandals. The effect of all this, unfortunately, leads to the cynicism and the frustration of the American people, and their lack of confidence in the system. It’s got to change, and it will only change, unfortunately, until [sic] there is some major scandal.
“The United States Supreme Court showed a degree of ignorance and naivety that I found astonishing. I went over with my friend Russ Feingold and watched the debates. In all due respect to our United States Supreme Court, they didn’t have a clue about what a political campaign is all about.
“And I'm sorry about that.”
Please help keep up the pressure on our elected officials to do something about it, by attending an event marking the anniversary of Citizens United this week. Click here to find the event nearest you.
We have an amazing opportunity to make a difference together right now. Thanks so much for being with us.
John Bonifaz, Executive Director
Free Speech For People
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
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