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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Major news! Supreme Court could revisit Citizens United.




  
   
  
Suddenly, the U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to re-consider its ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, a ruling that has threatened our democracy.  We need your help to seize this moment, and urge the Court to reverse the Citizens United decision, by sending a letter to your local news editor now.

       Click here to send a letter to your news editor.

The Court is now faced with a recent case from Montana, about that state’s century-old Corrupt Practices Act, which bars corporate spending on campaigns there.  The Montana Supreme Court recently upheld the law, with our support. (Free Speech For People led the filing of a friend-of-the-court brief in favor of this decision.)  On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court put a stay on that state court ruling, allowing corporate money to flow unabated in Montana this year. 

But Justices Ginsburg and Breyer made an extraordinary statement along with that stay, essentially calling on their fellow Justices to treat the Montana case as their opportunity to re-consider Citizens United:

“Montana’s experience, and experience elsewhere since this Court’s decision in Citizens United... make it exceedingly difficult to maintain that independent expenditures by corporations "do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption." ... A petition for certiorari will give the Court an opportunity to consider whether, in light of the huge sums currently deployed to buy candidates’ allegiance, Citizens United should continue to hold sway.”
The upshot is that there’s suddenly a real chance that the Supreme Court could revisit Citizens United.  With your help, we’ll do everything we can to make the most of this opportunity.

We’re organizing a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington tomorrow, along with our friends at Common Cause and the Coffee Party, and with help from numerous other reform groups.

Most of us live too far from Washington to get there, but don’t let that keep you silent.  One of the best ways to make your voice heard is to send a letter to the editor of your newspaper or your news site.

       Click here to send a letter to your news editor.

We know writing a letter sounds like a lot of work, but we’ve actually made it really easy, with suggested talking points you can mix and match in just seconds to create a compelling letter and then send it, right from our site.

Please take a moment now to send in your letter.   Now is the time to speak up.

Thank you!

- John

John Bonifaz, Executive Director
Free Speech For People
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
  
   
 

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