The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling did more than just grant corporations the same rights of speech and privacy as individuals: it gave those corporations and their billionaire owners license to use obscene amounts of money to drown out our voices in elections and take over our government.
But thanks to brave public servants like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock, we the people are fighting back against this corporate takeover of the federal government. In the past year, seven Democratic Senators, including Illinois’ Dick Durbin, Tom Udall, New Mexico, introduced a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Citizens United decision. And just last week 50 organizations presented letters to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees requesting hearings on the need to overturn Citizens United.
If you’re not sure why it’s so important to fight for this amendment, the below video from Robert Reich and Common Cause will explain why 2012 needs to be the year Citizens United goes away for good.