Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Slossberg, Morin to rally troops for overturn of Citizens United

The leaders of the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee will be pushing repeal of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling during a press conference tomorrow.

State Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg, D-Milford and Rep. Russ Morin, D-Wethersfield, co-chairs of the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee, will hold a press conference with Cheri Quickmire, executive director of Common Cause in Connecticut and other activists tomorrow to “showcase local support for a reversal of the 2010 Citizens United ruling ending restrictions on corporate political expenditures,” a release said.

The Citizens United decision is credited with the creation of so-called “super PACs,” political committees that do not not have to report donors and have no limits on how much money they can raise and spend to influence an election.

According to the release, Slossberg and Morin prepared a letter, which was signed by a majority of their legislative colleagues, to Connecticut’s Congressional delegation urging them to support a Constitutional amendment to overturn that Supreme Court of the United States decision.

“The letter spells out the widely held opinion that money contributed to political campaigns is not the same as free speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are entitled to Constitutional rights,” the release says.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Santa Clara decision long ago gave corporations personhood under the law. The concept of corporate personhood should be abolished. Slavery is the legal fiction that people are property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person. They both take your rights away.

September 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM 

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