January 21st was the third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. Interestingly, the 21st was also Inauguration Day in Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day nationwide. It’s most interesting that the anniversary of a terrible court ruling would land on the same day as these other two events. We saw during last year’s elections both in the presidential race and in Congressional races the very bad effects resulting from this decision.
Public Citizen is helping lead an initiative – “Money Out / Voters In” – to mark the anniversary of Citizens United with demonstrations across the country. Hopefully, we will hear a lot more from the advocacy group about this campaign. Public Citizen will join advocacy around money-in-politics and voting rights, in the coming weeks. This is a movement that should garner wide spread support.
The adverse effects on our nation, and the people of America, resulting from Citizens United must be addressed and changes made. For that to happen, either a majority of the High Court must vote to change what the Court did to the political system, or Congress must pass corrective legislation. The latter will only happen when the American people let the politicians hear from them on this important issue. The High Court will likely need new Justices appointed by President Obama – as vacancies occur – for a change to happen there. But the bottom line is that change is needed and must happen soon. When the American people learn how truly bad Citizen’s United really is, they will demand that Congress act. If you agree that change is needed, let your house member and senators hear from you.
Source: Public Citizen
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