Greenville has become the 10th city in North Carolina to approve a resolution calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United. That’s the 2010 landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows for unlimited spending by corporations and special interest groups to influence elections.
Council Member Kandie Smith, one of the co-sponsors of the resolution, told her colleagues Monday evening that the millions of dollars used to generate a barrage of negative ads this year have only served to “cloud” the election process for voters.
“New data on political TV and radio ads show that 43% of the $56.5 million that has flooded into NC for the presidential race has come from outside sources not tied to candidates or parties. Corporations and trade unions are not people and they should not be able to buy political influence through unlimited advertising or purchase control over public policies,” said Melissa Price Kromm, Director of North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections.
Nine other cities have passed similar resolutions expressing opposition to Citizens United. They include: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Highlands, Bryson City, Franklin, Sylva and Asheville.
To hear Greenville Council Member Kandie Smith in her own words, click below: