On any given day, my email inbox is swamped with requests from elected officials, candidates and a host of progressive organizations seeking donations to counter-attack political ads funded by Super PACs and right-wing organizations formed by the Koch brothers, Karl Rove and similar individuals. Sadly, these ads are based on misinformation and are designed to mislead the public. It’s all in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United that opened Pandora’s box on campaign donations, as well as similar cases.
This case in articular sets the stage wherein our elections can be determined by the voice of a few people instead of all of our voices. One would think that there’s little hope of change in the future, given the pattern developing by SCOTUS’s 5-4 decisions leaning further and further to the right. There is hope. There is change taking place.
This week, Members of the House who have introduced constitutional amendments to overturn Citizens United and limit corporate and special interest spending in elections sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to their fellow members of Congress urging them to sign the Declaration for Democracy that says:
I, ____________, declare my support for amending the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people, undermined by Citizens United and related cases, to protect the integrity of our elections and limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process.
Our Constitution is a living document and dear to us all. Amending it should be done with great care and forethought and reserved for the most compelling issues. Citizens United is such a case because a constitutional remedy is the only cure for what this ruling has wrought. Learning about the Declaration and finding out that many local, state and federal elected officials are signing it breathes new life into our democracy. This is great news at a dark hour.
The job isn’t over yet and we need as many members of Congress as possible signed on as official or potential cosponsors of amendment legislation. If you read this blog, you know it’s also about what action we the people can take. So what we can do is call or email our Congressional leaders and encourage them to do so. Let them know we want our voice at the ballot box to matter. If they have signed the Declaration already, take a moment to thank them for standing up for the people. You can see a list of current endorsers here.
So what can you do? Send an email to your Congressional leaders and ask them to support undoing the harm that Citizens United ruling has done. People for the American Way has created everything you need. All you have to do is click her and fill in the blanks.
- A constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United? (politico.com)
- Rep. Keith Ellison urges constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United (rawstory.com)
- Senate panel to examine overturning Citizens United ruling in July (rawstory.com)
- Because It’s Not In The Constitution, That’s Why (lewsmuse.wordpress.com)
- Overturning Citizens United (alan.com)
- Geoffrey R. Stone: Fixing Citizens United (huffingtonpost.com)
- How To Sweep Dark Money Out of Politics (motherjones.com)
- Ruth Marcus: Stirring the constitutional pot (redding.com)
- Jeff Toobin on Citizens United (scotusblog.com)