Letter to Needham Times:
Thanks to all who supported the effort to pass a resolution at Town Meeting, putting Needham on record in opposition to the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” ruling.
This ruling, narrowly decided by a 5-4 vote, gives Corporations “Free Speech” protections under the first amendment, and thus allows corporations to engage in political expenditures in a way that was previously not permitted.
People from all political affiliations and economic standings have strongly criticized this decision, acknowledging the potential for corporate dollars to overwhelm and distort the electoral process.
Concerns about this decision inspired a group of Needham residents to join a growing movement across the country of people seeking a Constitutional Amendment to rectify the problems associated with the Supreme Court ruling.
Although the amendment process is a daunting one, the movement surrounding it has, and will continue to, generate widespread awareness of the corrupting influence of money in politics, and send a message to our government that more needs to be done in this regard.
I encourage all of you to learn more about this issue and find out how you can get involved by visiting websites like “Move to Amend,” “Free Speech for All”, and wethepeopleneedham.wordpress.com