The Supreme Court was doing its best on Wednesday morning to sell off American democracy and transform it to government of, by, and (especially) for the rich.
And before dusk, thousands of people across the country were standing up with a simple reply: Just a minute -- our democracy is not for sale.
In front of a JC Penney store in Salem, OR, outside Chicago's iconic city hall, on the steps of the Massachusetts statehouse in Boston, and in more than 130 other places in 38 states, folks gathered to protest the court's 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.
Secretaries and schoolteachers, electricians, ironworkers, single moms, salesmen, students, firefighters and retirees -- people from every walk of life -- grasped what the court's majority could not: big money is corrupting our government and corroding our politics.
For more pictures from the rallies, please view our Flickr set.
Office: Common Cause National
Issues: Money in Politics
Tags: Citizens United