Target: Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator for Massachusetts
Goal: Show support for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Elections in the U.S. have become auctions with political favors granted to those willing to provide large political donations. The United States of America was founded on the principles of “one person, one vote,” and “government of, by, and for the people.” These principles were discarded on January 10, 2010 when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United.
Democracy must be returned to the hands of the people. When the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people, the Justices gave corporations permission to buy our elections and run our government. Humans, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights, and money is not speech. Corporations are not people. They do not eat, sleep, raise children, fall in love, or vote.
The Supreme Court decision was misguided in principle and wrong on law. This decision has effectively allowed corporations to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into our election system, buying elections on the federal, state, and local government levels. With a 5-4 majority approval by the Supreme Court, corporations, unions, and other special interests were given the constitutional right to spend as much as they like to advocate for or defeat political candidates.
The Citizens United ruling lifted controls that were meant to curb abuses on independent political spending. Since that decision, independent political spending has skyrocketed. In the 2012 election, independent groups spent more than one billion dollars, with 300 million dollars in “dark money” which came from groups that maintain their donors’ anonymity. The top 0.01 of a percent were responsible for approximately 40 percent of campaign expenditures in 2012.
In Supreme Court Justice Stevens’ dissension, he stated that “…corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of ‘We the People’ by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.”
Congress cannot overturn a Supreme Court decision based on the Constitution. The best method possible to overturn Citizens United is through passing a constitutional amendment. A constitutional amendment would return power to the people–living, breathing human beings. Bipartisan voters overwhelmingly oppose Citizens United and support a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision.
The Constitution starts with “We the People…” We must act now to overturn Citizens United. It hinders our political freedom and enslaves us to the corporations. By signing this petition, you will show support to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in her endeavor to overturn Citizens United. Please save democracy and support Senator Warren.
Dear Senator Warren,
The reign of Citizens United has run its course. An overwhelming majority of United States citizens oppose this ill-conceived Supreme Court decision and support a constitutional amendment to have it overturned. Dark money must not be prioritized over our citizens’ voices.
Corporations are not people. They do not eat, sleep, fall in love, or raise children. They do not vote. Human beings vote. Human beings are “We the people…” as is so eloquently stated in the United States Constitution. Humans, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights.
Elections need to be fair and played out on a level playing field. We, the undersigned, support your endeavor to obtain a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and return power to the people. Please continue to fight to save our democracy from anonymous corporations, unions, and special interest groups.
[Your Name Here]
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