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Speaking freely on free-speech debate

Angela Carella

July 6, 2012

Stamford Advocate

In Stamford Thursday night, democracy worked to try to make democracy work better.

The State and Commerce Committee of the Board of Representatives passed a resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would prohibit corporations, unions and wealthy individuals from spending unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.

Bill Moyers Essay: The Cowardly Lions of ‘Free Speech'

July 6, 2012 

 

California Legislature Passes Resolution Calling for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

California has just become the 6th state to call for a U.S. Constitutional amendment:

Massachusetts legislators calling for Constitutional Amendment to reverse Supreme Court's Citizens United decision

By Michael Norton and Matt Murphy

State House News Service

June 23, 2012

BOSTON -- Concord Rep. Cory Atkins feels one of her colleagues this election cycle could become the first local victim of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

To hear Atkins tell it, the court’s January 2010 ruling means there’s nothing stopping corporate interests from swooping in days before the election and dumping large amounts of cash into Super PAC ads targeting a particular representative or senator, who would then be unable to respond proportionately.

Montana Ruling Could Fuel Campaign to Amend Constitution

By Eliza Newlin Carney
Roll Call
June 26, 2012

The Supreme Court’s Monday ruling to strike Montana’s ban on corporate campaign spending opens a new chapter in the political money wars, fueling an improbable but increasingly vocal movement to amend the Constitution.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Montana's Corrupt Practices Act

Contact: John Bonifaz, 413-253-2700 or 617-529-4611
Date: June 25, 2012
For release: Immediate
 

STATEMENT OF JOHN BONIFAZ
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE

on the US SUPREME COURT’S DECISION STRIKING DOWN
MONTANA’S CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT
 

How Top Law Professors Are Working To Expand Corporations’ Constitutional 'Rights'

Alternet

Steven Rosenfeld

June 18, 2012

Academia’s best and brightest include conservatives who help corporations hide behind the First Amendment to protect profits.

Founding fathers worried about corporate clout

Angela Carella

Stamford Advocate

June 12, 2012

Soon after the American colonies won their fight to separate from the British Empire, the Founding Fathers warned of another threat to government by the people.

Corporations.

The threat does not come from corporations that do business and amass wealth. It comes from corporations that use their wealth to build power for themselves by putting political candidates in office, dictating public policy and evading the law.