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Bernie Sanders Files Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

Bernie Sanders Files Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

Care2 recently brought you the news of two city councils that passed symbolic resolutions to support constitutional amendments that would undo the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.

The votes, which took place in Los Angeles, California, and Albany, New York, were both unanimous, and met with widespread approval among Occupy Wall Street participants. Overturning Citizens United has been a major rallying cry of the OWS movement since its beginning over 2 months ago.

On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) decided to take the next step toward realizing this goal by introducing a constitutional amendment to the U.S. Senate that would overturn the ruling which classified multi-national corporations as people and therefore entitled to the same rights as living, breathing, human individuals.

The Saving American Democracy Amendment states:

  • Corporations are not persons with constitutional rights equal to real people.
  • Corporations are subject to regulation by the people.
  • Corporations may not make campaign contributions.
  • Congress and states have the power to regulate campaign finances.

“There comes a time when an issue is so important that the only way to address it is by a constitutional amendment,” Sanders said. He had previously described the Citizen United ruling as “basically insane. Nobody that I know thinks that Exxon Mobil is a person,” Sanders said in November.

Sanders is accompanied in his endeavor to restore fiscal sanity to the political system by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), who has introduced a companion measure in the U.S. House.

Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Michael Bennet of (D-CO) have also introduced a similar constitutional amendment that would essentially defeat Citizens United by granting Congress and the states the authority to regulate the campaign finance system. Udall and Bennet hope that by emphasizing states’ rights, they’ll gain the support of a few Republicans.

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4:51PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Bernie Sanders is my hero!

5:31AM PST on Dec 16, 2011

This is the worst surpreme court decision since Dred Scott v. Sanford. It needs to be overturned because it shifted the balance power in favor of the rich. By law, a corporation is considered an "Arificial person" for the purposes of taxes only. The court preverted the definition of that..and this decision neeeds to be overturned.

9:08PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

We all should read this article AND think about buying the book mentioned in the article.
Article: Moyers: Why 'We The People' Must Triumph Over Corporate Power

Bill Moyers makes some powerful statements. And the author of the book gives us ideas about how to keep this going.

http://www.alternet.org/story/153349/moyers%3A_why_%27we_the_people%27_must_triumph_over_corporate_power?akid=7981.1070144.o6khJo&rd=1&t=13

6:34AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Bernie is the Best...He actually represents the people and even though I live in SC (with no representation from the likes of Jim Demint) I support Senator Sanders, a really good guy.

10:21PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Senator Sanders. At least someone has some common sense. You've given me hope that there can be a chance for our country yet.

10:19PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

So proud I voted for Tom Udall when I lived in New Mexico, and for Michael Bennett as a Colorado resident. They, and Tom's cousin Mark (another Colorado Senator) are 3 of the better Congressmen in the country. I appreciate that they stand up for people against monied interests and corporations.

11:43AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Bernie Sanders is one of the current heroes and outstanding patriots of our Nation!

10:17AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Unfortunately money talks and money votes. I completely back Bernie Sanders and his proposed Saving American Democracy Amendment. Corporate greed, corruption and manipulation have negatively impacted our democratic system of government. Corporations are NOT people.

8:17AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Thank You for being a true GREEN MOUNTAIN MAN...

4:35AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

I love Bernie Sanders. He gives me hope for the human race.

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