By now, we all know that the notorious Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has exponentially amplified the corrosive influence of money in politics by allowing limitless political spending by corporations and billionaires. The ruling in the Citizens United case deteriorates our democracy and weakens the voice of the people in our politics and government.
Voice your opposition to the Roberts Court ruling in Citizens United. Help get corporate money out of our elections, and put the democracy back where it belongs: in the hands of the people.
Add your name in support of Senate 772, a resolution pending before the Massachusetts Legislature calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United.
You can take action by adding your name as a co-signer of ProgressMass’ letter to Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. Urge them to promptly bring S. 772 to a vote so that Massachusetts can make its voice heard and be a leader in protecting our democracy.
WHEREAS, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution was designed to protect the free speech rights of people, not corporations;
WHEREAS, for the past three decades, a divided United States Supreme Court has transformed the First Amendment into a powerful tool for corporations seeking to evade and invalidate democratically-enacted reforms;
WHEREAS, this corporate takeover of the First Amendment has reached its extreme conclusion in the United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United v. FEC;
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC overturned longstanding precedent prohibiting corporations from spending their general treasury funds in our elections;
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC will now unleash a torrent of corporate money in our political process unmatched by any campaign expenditure totals in United States history;
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC presents a serious and direct threat to our democracy;
WHEREAS, the people of the United States have previously used the constitutional amendment process to correct those egregiously wrong decisions of the United States Supreme Court that go to the heart of our democracy and self-government;
Now be it resolved that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts hereby calls upon the United States Congress to pass and send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to restore the First Amendment and fair elections to the people.
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Protect the Integrity of Our Democracy
Dear Senate President Murray and House Speaker DeLeo,
Massachusetts has a heritage of leading the way for our nation when it comes to defending our democratic principles and rights. From abolishing slavery in 1783 to recognizing same-sex marriage equality in 2004, our Commonwealth has been at the forefront of historic progressive battles for fairness.Our democracy now faces another serious challenge as the basic fairness of our political process is under attack. When the U.S. Supreme Court made its 5-4 ruling on the notorious Citizens United case, it opened the door to an onslaught of unlimited corporate dollars that will effectively drown out the voices of everyday citizens and, with that, First Amendment free speech.The only remedy to a Supreme Court decision so corrosive to our democracy is an amendment to our nation's Constitution. We, the undersigned, urge you to expeditiously bring S. 772 to the floors of your respective chambers of the Massachusetts Legislature so that our Commonwealth can, in one unified, progressive voice, declare that we still hold true to the ideal that, in a democracy, one person equals one vote, and that "free speech" doesn't simply go to the highest bidder.By passing S. 772, Massachusetts will continue in its meaningful tradition of being a national leader in defense of democracy, fairness, and equality.