Tell Congress: Only people are people

Ross Wallen May 6, 2013 1

When we polled our members at the beginning of the year on what issues were most important to them, an overwhelming majority said they wanted to work to get money out of politics and overturn Citizens United. And we agree!

Last fall, our affiliate West Virginia Citizen Action Group along with CREDO delivered a petition to their legislature, urging them to adopt a resolution asking Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.

Now we’re working with our friends at CREDO to take this action to the next level.

Join CREDO in telling your senators and member of Congress to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end corporate personhood.

We deserve a country where our elected officials are not bought and paid for by big corporations.

But the Citizens United vs. FEC Supreme Court decision overturned over a century of precedent and opened the floodgates for unlimited amounts of corporate money to flow into our political system.

Shockingly, the court came to this decision based on the notion that a corporation is legally a “person” entitled to First Amendment rights, and by equating a corporation’s right to spend unlimited amounts of money influencing an election with our right to free speech.

Tell your senators and member of Congress to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end corporate personhood.

Even before the Citizens United decision, we too often saw the interests of Main Street subverted in favor of the interests of Wall Street.

But with the Citizens United decision now the law of the land, large corporations have the power to spend unlimited amounts of money from their general treasuries to buy elections.

What’s more, Citizens United opened loopholes that allow corporations to hide their campaign expenditures by laundering the money through non-profit advocacy organizations.

Tell your senators and member of Congress to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end corporate personhood.

It’s very unlikely that the Supreme Court will fix the issue any time soon.

And because Congress cannot pass a law that supersedes a Supreme Court ruling, it may take a constitutional amendment to undo the worst aspects of the Citizens United decision and end corporate personhood.

Clearly, the bar to successfully amending the Constitution is very high. But with 85% of the public opposed to the Citizens United decision, there is a potential for a broad coalition of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who all want to restore our democracy.

And let’s remember, the stakes are too high to allow inaction on this issue. It’s no exaggeration to say that the Citizens United decision fundamentally threatens the integrity of our democracy.

We need a government of, for and by the people. And sadly, we might need to work really hard to re-establish the common sense and democratic view that only people are people, not corporations.

Your senators and member of Congress need to hear from you, regardless of where they stand on this issue. We need to show them that their constituents are part of a broad movement demanding action — not only to convince them that overturning Citizens United is the right thing to do, but also that it’s possible.

Today, take a step to be part of that movement.

Tell your senators and member of Congress to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end corporate personhood.

  • Janet Horton

    We need congressmen and senators who are going to look out for the people and stop letting businesses scam or take advantage of their constituants. We let people conduct business in states, legally or otherwise without doing anything about it – even when we know they are scamming people.

    Take for example my experience with Close-Up TV News.

    Close-Up
    TV News contacted me, as a person, as an author, and led me to believe that I
    was contracting for interviews on Close-UP TV News. The paperwork I later
    received referred to Close-Up Talk Radio. Never did anything or anyone refer to
    or use “blog talk radio”. I actually did not know until about two minutes
    before the interview, when I called-in, that the interview was being conducted
    under “blog talk radio”, NOT Close-Up TV News or Close-Up TV News Radio. That
    was misleading and a misrepresentation on their part.

    But, that is not the heart of my complaint. Close-Up TV News, regardless of their
    name, did not deliver on the services they contracted to provide, to me as a
    person. This was most assuredly a “personal transaction” and the business did
    not deliver the services provided under contract!

    Close-Up TV News has yet to address the services that have never been
    provided under the first contract that was signed on 1/15/2013.

    The services provided were, and are not in dispute:

    The 4 interviews
    The 30 second promotions
    The DVD recordings
    Press release with photo or video distribution to major news outlets – there was nothing personalized about this. The release was distributed through a random newspaper clipping service.

    The services not provided were: Close-Up TV continues to not address these services.

    The email list – Anthony Holmes required that I agree to clear my calendar to be available to accept requests for public speaking engagements and be able to travel after he sent requests to the Fortune 500 companies urging them to schedule me.
    According to Holmes, “If we tell a Fortune 500 company to hire someone, they
    do”. I agreed.

    Press release with photo or video distribution to media publications

    Press release with photo or video distribution to networks – Anthony Holmes required that I agree to clear my calendar to be available to accept requests for interviews and be able to travel after he sent requests to the networks and radio and television talk shows urging they schedule me. I agreed.

    Promotional campaign for products, services, books, etc.

    Provide company visibility on the major search engines

    Professionally scripted interviews

    Live streaming from website (Holmes insisted this feature be added to my website)

    Podcast of interview series (Holmes insisted this feature be added to my website)

    Stats on live callers to show

    Stats on listeners

    Detailed year long media campaign

    Under the second contract dated 1/17/2013 the same applies. Close-Up TV continues to not address these services.

    Provided:

    Website design – Close-Up TV News did not redesign page 1 however I do not dispute that Kevin Rocke recommended that a pix be relocated, and I did that. Rocke also answered a question re the legality of using the guest book feature. Rocke made no changes on page 2 and there was no input, suggestions or recommendations for page 3; though Rocke did compliment me on a job well done.

    The website was actually an existing working website that had been designed and
    maintained by me. The redesign had been demanded of Close-Up TV News (Anthony Holmes and Louis Ceparano) and the work was to be completed prior to the release of the press release or the first interview. I felt I had no choice but
    to agree – a contract was never signed.

    Not Provided: Close-Up TV continues to not address these services.

    Website tech support – Questions were asked and not answered. The banner was changed without authorization or approval. I asked that those changes be removed – they were not. While I liked the visual affect, it was not usable because it was not
    layered.

    Website design completion – There was no input on pages two or three, and unauthorized changes were not undone.

    The third contract which was signed on 3/20/2013 was for services to be provided starting 4/26/2013. That contract was cancelled on 4/4/2013. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WAS PROVIDED ON THAT CONTRACT! Close-Up TV claims the terms of this contract were met when it had not even begun. This contract was contingent upon the completion of Contracts 1 and 2. Holmes assured me Ceparano was putting in the mail all the documentation I requested. After two weeks when there was nothing further done on Contracts 1 and 2, Contract 3 was cancelled by me.