I rise on behalf of the majority of the American people, who believe that money is not speech, corporations are not people, and our democracy should not be for sale to the highest bidder. Overturn Citizens United. Keep the cap in McCutcheon. The people demand democracy.” ~~Kai Newkirk during a recent SCOTUS hearing.
Do you remember the Citizens United v. the FEC case when the Supreme Court found that corporations have the freedom to spend unlimited amounts of money to sway elections? Well, now we have McCutcheon vs. the Federal Election Commission before the Court. Shaun McCutcheon, the wealthy owner of Coalmont Electrical Development, contends that the current “aggregate limits” on campaign contributions limits his freedom of speech and his right to associate with whatever politician or political group he chooses.
Those limits? $123,000/election cycle. That's double the mean income in the United States!
On the day that the Court hands down the decision, there will be an outpouring of response from people all across the United States. Public Citizen has organized a rapid response of folks in over 100 cities and towns to express their anger or relief, depending on whether or not the Court (the Roberts Five) upholds the current limits or further legalizes corruption in the political process. The event planned in Syracuse begins at 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. and will be held the State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St.
If you do not live in Syracuse, you can find the planned event nearest to your town here: http://action.citizen.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/search.sjs?distrib...
If you organize an event in your locale, everyone, who signs up for your event, will be notified on the day of the decision. The decision may be imminent, so act now to get involved in this historic response to a SCOTUS decision.
The United States is at a turning point. Either we will become increasingly plutocratic and corrupt, or the people will disrupt, speak up, show up and demonstrate for democracy, for a democratic Republic. It's time that we, the people, work to get money out and voters into our elections before it is too late.