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.