Delaware Sierra Club joins rally to oppose Citizens United, January 16, 2013
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club is proud to join Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, and the Progressive Democrats in opposition to the 2010 Supreme Court decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
The Sierra Club believes that the Citizens United decision, if not checked by Congressional action, will continue to shift political power away from voters to corporations and moneyed interests.
The Sierra Club therefore urges Congress to take action that affirms the individual and collective rights, privileges and responsibilities pertaining to persons, as set forth in the Constitution, inhere only to natural persons and that corporations are not natural persons. We ask Congress to take action that will lead to overturning Citizens United.
We therefore heartily encourage the General Assembly to join Senator Karen Peterson and Representative Paul Baumbach in their call to sign a joint letter to Congress asking for passage of an amendment to the United States Constitution to clarify that, with regard to corporate campaign spending, a person means only a natural person for First Amendment protection of free speech.
We also thank Senator Peterson and Representative Baumbach for their leadership on this important issue; an issue that is critical to future environmental quality and public health.