Do corporations wield too much influence among America’s elected officials? No matter where you fall on the ideological spectrum, it is much more likely than not that you would answer in the affirmative.
Do you believe that there is nothing you can do about it? Annie Leonard would like to convince you otherwise. The award winning Internet filmmaker – best known for her film The Story of Stuff – has a new visual aide to help persuade you: The Story of Citizens United v. FEC: Why Democracy Only Works When People Are In Charge.
From the March 1 Press Release(.pdf):
Leonard, who directs The Story of Stuff Project, was inspired to make the ﬁlm by the disastrous 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC that permitted corporations to spend freely to inﬂuence American elections. The 8-minute ﬁlm, available on March 1st at www.storyofcitizensunited.org, places corporate inﬂuence not bad politicians—at the heart of Americans’ low conﬁdence in the political process…
Within the new animated short, embedded below, Leonard provides a brief history of how corporations have evolved from their humble beginnings as government chartered entities, dissolved once the task they were created for was complete, to the disproportionately influential behemoths we have today.
At its heart, The Story of Citizens United v. FEC is a call to action. Leonard is calling on the vast majority of Americans who believe corporations have too much influence among lawmakers to throw off their apathy and engage in pursuit of a solution.
“Such a huge problem requires a huge solution,” Leonard states. “And we’ve got one, a new constitutional amendment.”
(Links & Emphasis Added)
… It reverses this disaster to our democracy by clarifying that the first amendment isn’t meant for for-profit corporations.
I get that amending the constitution is a big, ambitious goal. But it’s not impossible…
Public financing of campaigns would be another huge step forward. Congress is working on a bill right now that would make it possible for candidates to get elected without corporate dollars.
Remember, 85% of Americans think that corporations have too much influence in our democracy. That’s enough to make change, if we can turn that sentiment into action…
The above excerpt is from the annotated script(.pdf), and if you’d like to know more about the claims made within The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, that is a great place to start. The film’s companion website also includes a FAQ link(.pdf). More importantly, if you want to know how you can help, they’ve got a page for that, too.(Related petitions and links after the jump.)
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