Money isn’t speech. And corporations are not people. You know it. We know it. Everybody knows it. Well, everyone except the Supreme Court, our country’s highest tribunal.
By a 5-4 vote, the court decreed that under our Constitution, corporations are people too and have a right to spend whatever they want – potentially billions of dollars – on TV commercials and other advertisements designed to influence our elections. These monied interests now have a license to buy our elected officials and speak so loudly that the rest of us can’t be heard.
The Democracy Amendment campaign aims to help us regain our voice. We’re working to amend the U.S. Constitution so that corporate spending on politics and the power it generates can be controlled. We believe elections should be decided by people, not by big money.
A constitutional amendment is the only way to overturn a decision of the Supreme Court. And it’s not easy. We’re marshaling people power, educating the public and press, circulating petitions, writing letters and emails and organizing ballot initiatives designed to let “we the people” send Congress a clear message that the Constitution must be changed to overturn the Court’s mistake.
So far, thanks largely to our work, the Massachusetts state legislature and voters in 208 municipalities have passed resolutions instructing their representatives in Washington to get busy and pass a strong democracy amendment. That work has translated into every member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation cosponsoring strong democracy amendments in the last Congress.