Thank Vermont State Senators For Leading Fight Against Corporate Control in Government

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Target: State Senator Ginny Lyons

Goal: Applaud Vermont Senators for their efforts to curb corporate influence in politics

A group of Vermont state senators are taking initiative and asking Washington to address the corrupting influence of money in the political system that comes from corporate governance. The lawmakers unveiled a Senate resolution, authored by Senator Ginny Lyons, requesting a national convention of state legislatures be called to consider constitutional amendments that would remove corporate influence from campaign finance, returning power to the people. Vermont state senators should be applauded for taking the imitative on this important issue in human rights and ethical politics.

In the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision, Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot restrict spending on politics by corporations, labor unions or other groups—opening the door to unrivaled political spending and influence. The decision removed restrictions on amounts of independent political spending and resulted in the corrupting influence of powerful corporate interests, which have undermined the people’s ability to influence political leadership.

In addition, the 127th anniversary of the Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad decision has just occurred in which the Supreme Court first ruled that corporations are “persons,” entitled to rights under the U.S. Constitution. Since that date we have seen a steady expansion of corporate power and wealth at the expense of the rights of people and communities.

The Vermont senators are leading a protest against these economic interests and should be lauded for their efforts.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Senator Ginny Lyons,

You and several other Vermont state senators are taking initiative to challenge corporate governance and address the corrupting influence of money in the political system. Your group is requesting a national convention of state legislatures to discuss constitutional amendments that would remove corporate influence from campaign finance. Vermont state senators should be applauded for taking the imitative on this important issue in human rights and ethical politics.

In Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot restrict spending on politics by corporations, labor unions or other groups—opening the door to unrivaled political spending and influence. Since that date we have seen an expansion of corporate power and wealth at the expense of the rights of people and communities. The Vermont senators are leading a protesting against these economic interests and this petition thanks you for your efforts.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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