If the Supreme Court claims that money is considered speech, then why not turn money into actual speech? Ben Cohen, one half of the famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream duo, is leading the charge to stamp money with Occupy Wall Street slogans and spread the word about overturning Citizens United.
Cohen, along with the group Move to Amend, will make and disperse rubber stamps with messages about corporate money in politics to be stamped onto dollar bills. The bills will then feature slogans like “Corporations are not people,” “Not to be used for bribing politicians” and “money is not speech.”
While the tactic is new, the cause is hardly a departure for the ice cream company. As Care2 previously reported, Ben & Jerry’s revealed its “Get the Dough out of Politics” campaign a few months back to take on Citizens United.
In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in its Citizens United v Federal Election Commission decision that corporations could spend unlimited funds on elections. Move to Amend considers challenging Citizens United to be a populous cause, citing that polling shows that 80% of citizens would like to overturn the decision and a majority support a Constitutional amendment to declare that corporations are not entitled to the same rights as people. Under the current Congress, there have already been 13 resolutions attempting to undo the consequences of Citizens United, but the decision still stands.
Cohen and allies will sell the stamps at Philadelphia’s Occupy National Gathering on July 4, with the hope that stamp owners will brand all of their currency with the slogans. In the months to follow, supporters will travel across the country with a large “money stamping machine” to get more local communities involved in the act. There is some question about the legality of marking up U.S. currency, but Cohen’s attorney insists that it is fine “as long as the bills are still legible after the stamping.”
Political change — now available in your local grocer’s freezer section.
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