U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Backs Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
On Thursday, 7/10 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Backs Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United--and Delaware had a part in making it happen! Our chapter worked closely with Common Cause Delaware and many other allies to get a majority in the Delaware House & Senate to call for an amendment to The Constitution that would effectively overturn the extremely controversial & damaging ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allows corporations to spend untold amounts of money trying to sway our elections.
"Sixteen American states and roughly 600 communities have formally told Congress that the Constitution must be amended to make it clear that corporations are not people, money is not speech and citizens and their elected representatives have a right to organize elections that are defined by votes rather than dollars." (originally posted in The Nation)
Mark Udall (D-CO), the bill's sponsor, had this to say after the 10-8 vote: “the Supreme Court has left us one option for real reform. We must pass an amendment that will restore integrity to our elections, so that a billionaire in one state cannot have more influence than working families in the other forty-nine. That is not the equality envisioned by our founders, and is in direct contradiction to the kind of democracy they intended to create.”
The Sierra Club is committed to promoting good government policies like limiting money in politics and expanding voting rights. One of the orginal conveners of The Democracy Initiative, we recognize that in order to clean up our environment we need to clean up our democracy. This legislative session our chapter was proud to stand with many diverse partners to call for common-sense bills like same day voter registration and redistricting reform. You can learn more about the national Sierra Club's pro-democracy work here.
Sunday, July 13, 2014