Sun, Apr 05, 2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Save Democracy! Protest the Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision

Please join members of OMNI and Move to Amend Arkansas on Saturday, April 5th, at 1 p.m. in front of the Fayetteville Federal Building to protest a massive assault on our democracy, and to call for solutions! This Wednesday, the Supreme Court just ruled in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, striking down limits on campaign contributions. This ruling means that a single person can donate $5.9 million for candidates, political parties and political committees. "This is truly a decision establishing plutocrat rights," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, slamming the decision as a "devastating blow at the very foundation of our democracy." This ruling follows the highly criticized Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010 that allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, and buy democracy. "Today’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC is Citizens United round two, further opening the floodgates for the nation’s wealthiest few to drown out the voices of the rest of us," said Miles Rapoport, president of Common Cause. Robert Reich: This is no April Fool’s joke. Today, in a 5-4 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court in “McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission,” went beyond “Citizen’s United” to strike down overall limits on how much an individual may contribute in one election cycle to innumerable federal candidates and to party committees. Overturning 40 years of national policy and 38 years of judicial precedent, the Court’s decision allows federal officeholders to solicit and individual donors to pour as much as ($5.9) million directly into federal campaigns every election cycle – buying unparalleled personal influence in Washington and drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens. (It gives me no satisfaction that I testified against John Roberts at his confirmation hearing years ago.) This is the most brazen invitation to oligarchy in Supreme Court history. In my view, we must amend the Constitution to establish once and for all that (1) money is not speech under the First Amendment, (2) corporations are not people, and (3) we the people have the right to set limits on how much money individuals and corporations can spend on elections. You with me?

Event Location

John Paul Hammerschmidt Federal Building
35 East Mountain Street, Suite 510
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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