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Greensboro calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United (Video)

Greensboro has become the 12th city in North Carolina to approve a resolution calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United v. FEC.  That’s the 2010 landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows for unlimited spending by corporations and special interest groups to influence elections.

Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins summed up his support of the resolution this way:

“You turn on the TV and there’s someone throwin’ mud at somebody about something.  And whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, it’s just out of control.”

Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson said she simply wants to see an even playing field in the elections, not one swayed by millions of dollars spent on advertising.

This morning, good government groups were quick to praise the resolution’s passage:

“The City of Greensboro joins Greenville, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Highlands, Bryson City, Franklin, Sylva, Forest Hills and Asheville, municipalities comprising of over 1 million residents, in approving the resolution against corporate personhood,” says Melissa Price Kromm, Director of North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections.

Council members Trudy Wade and Zack Matheny voted against the resolution.

To watch the highlights from Tuesday night’s Citizens United discussion, click below.

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2 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    October 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

    My question for those calling for the overturning of Citizen’s United is, if overturned, would unions and other non profits be allowed to continue to produce ads? If so, then no Citizen’s United should not be overturned.

  2. david esmay

    October 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    No. Corporations self govern, corporations don’t have to be responsible for anything other than their shareholders, which is antithetical to democracy and the rule of law. CEOs should not be allowed to use corporate money to foist their personal political agendas on the electorate when they may be the opposite of shareholders, employees and board members. The GOP and conservatives want government to be nothing more than an extension of a private equity firm in order to extract the wealth from our country, which will lead to our collapse, rather than creating new value. Citizens United is just another mechanism, like ALEC seminars to “educate” right wing politicians and judges, for them to achieve this goal.