Tell Congress to stand up to corporate influence

Alarmingly, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are entitled to spend unlimited funds in our elections, rolling back a century of modest limits. Powerful multinational corporations already exert disproportionate influence in Washington, and the Supreme Court’s decision makes this problem much, much worse.

Congress must act now to stop corporate interests from using their immense financial resources to shut the public out of its own government. Here’s what Congress can do now:

1.) Support and pass the public financing of elections by becoming a co-sponsor of the Fair Elections Now Act (H.R.1826, S.752). Public financing is the single most effective legislative remedy to the current corrosive system of campaign finance. The Fair Elections Now Act offers qualified congressional candidates a viable alternative that incentivizes small donations and provides competitive grants.

2.) Support shareholder protection to stop corporate executives from using shareholder money to further their own political agendas. Corporate political expenditures, including expenditures for campaign ads, electioneering communications, issue advocacy and ballot measure campaigns at the state and federal levels should require majority approval of all shareholders.

The ultimate solution to this problem is the Free Speech for People Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Tell your members of Congress to support a constitutional amendment to make clear that First Amendment rights belong to natural persons and the press and do not apply to for-profit corporations. Corporations are not people, they do not vote, and they should not be able to influence election outcomes. It is time to end the debate about the freedom of speech of for-profit corporations by amending the Constitution.

Use the simple form below to send your message to Congress. Tell your representative and senators you want to curb the influence of corporate spending in elections. 

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December 18, 2018


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