Latest Supreme Court Decision Overturns Montana Ban on Corporate Election Spending
In the wake of a Supreme Court decision striking down a century-old ban on corporate campaign spending in Montana, Congressman Ted Deutch sent this message to supports of the OCCUPIED Amendment:
In 1912, Montana voters responded to widespread political corruption and passed a law banning corporate spending in their elections. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down that law, and in doing so, dealt a powerful blow to our democracy.
The five justices behind today's decision could have reversed their ruling in Citizens United, which has led to the unprecedented flood of corporate-backed cash pouring into this year's elections. They could have reaffirmed the right of the American people to limit the influence of money in politics.
Instead, the Supreme Court doubled down on the dangerous notion that corporations are people with a First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money in our elections.
What this ruling tells us is that we cannot rely on the Supreme Court to overturn Citizens United. It will be up to us to return our elections and our government to the American people by amending the Constitution.
With your help, we can turn a sad day for our democracy into one that recharges a nationwide movement in support of the OCCUPIED Amendment. Invite a friend to co-sign the OCCUPIED Amendment petition today by:
Even in 1912, everyday Americans understood the danger posed by letting corporations buy our elections. Yet in 2012, it seems the Supreme Court has no intention of acknowledging how corporate cash corrupts our elections and threatens our democracy.
You can also show your support for my work to overturn Citizens United by donating $19.12 to my re-election effort today.
The fight for a democracy run by and for the people is one I will never give up on, and I know you won't either.
Let's seize upon today's Supreme Court decision to reignite this movement.