Massachusetts State Legislature Calls on Congress to Enact Constitutional Amendment Reversing Citizens United Decision
Massachusetts joins Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Maryland, New Mexico and Hawaii in calling for an amendment to restore democracy.
The Citizens United decision is a tremendous threat to our democracy.
The very integrity of our political system is at stake.
I am proud of the House for passing this resolution yesterday and, along with the Senate, sending a strong message that our democracy isn’t for sale.
–Rep. Cory Atkins
When Americans spend millions on yogurt, they get yogurt.
What do billionaires get when they throw fortunes at a favored political candidate?
—Editorial, Metrowest Daily News (July 2012
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. Continue reading
I support a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision.
Corporations are state-created entities that are immortal —
they live forever
—granting them rights due to citizens greatly diminishes the rights of ordinary citizens [flesh and blood persons].
It was wrong-headed. I think it was probably
the worst decision of the Supreme Court in my lifetime.”
–U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch (Oct. 24, 2011, at Needham Public Library)
(Congressman Lynch is Needham’s Representative in US House of Representatives)
A collaborative of Boston College graduate students will be hosting a panel on the subject of Citizens United and campaign finance reform in Jamaica Plain on April 11 at 7pm.
Panelists will include State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), President of the New England Legal Foundation Martin Newhouse, constitutional law scholar Professor Lawrence Friedman and WGBH journalist and former Washington Post reporter Ibby Caputo.
Admission to the forum is free and residents of Boston and the surrounding communities are encouraged to attend and learn the reasoning behind this important Supreme Court decision and the rationale of the opposition.
“People should care about the Citizens United decision because it is having an effect on the way democracy is practiced in this country, about the way elections work and who gets elected and why,”
said Professor Lawrence Friedman, a professor of Constitutional Law at New England Law | Boston and a panelist for the forum. Continue reading