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NC lawmakers push for resolution to overturn Citizens United (video)

Corporate campaign influence has been on the rise ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United ruling. Now some North Carolina legislators are planning to introduce a resolution calling on Congress to amend our Constitution and firmly establish that money is not speech.

Orange County Rep. Verla Insko led the charge Wednesday:

“Corporations and trade unions are not people. They should not be able to buy political influence through unlimited advertising; they should not be able to purchase control over public policies,” said Insko. “This is not Democracy. This is not what our Founding Fathers intended.”

For more, click below for a short video from Wednesday’s press event:

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5 Comments

  1. Melanie

    May 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Let’s keep that snowball rolling, folks. We can get this overturned if we try.

  2. Joy Troxel

    May 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    We need to change the things that are happening. We need people to be free and corporations to be businesses – not people. How is it that what appears so obvious is so hard for some to understand. People are being bought with a few sound bites and not seeing that they are attached to a huge animal about to attack the things they do love. When they figure it out it will be too late.

  3. Dr. Dennis A. Nagy

    May 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    How do you think the Republicans gained control (for the first time in 125 years) of both houses of the NC Legislature? Citizens United played a big part, plus the usual low voter turnout in non-Presidential elections. Now that they are in control, they’ve redistricted to stay in control until the next U.S. Census (2020).

    I would really be amazed if the current NC Legislature will vote to overturn the Supreme Court ruling (via a Constitutional Amendment) that gives them a better shot at staying in control. We need to get them out of office (via much more aggressive progressive voter turnout in Nov. 2012 and Nov. 2014) as the first step to ever overturning Citizens United or banning it constitutionally.

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