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12 Jan

Overturn Citizens United and fight for real campaign finance reform

DAILY KOS
Please join me, Daily Kos and Democracy for America in pledging to fight to overturn
Citizens United.
The McGlynn

I know that many of you
are deeply concerned about the economy, health care, education, global warming
and the environment, Social Security and Medicare, civil liberties, war and
peace and the national debt. But here’s an issue that’s even more
important
because it encompasses all of these issues – and much
more.

Will the United States survive, in any significant way, as a
democracy in which ordinary people can control their future? Or, will
“democracy” simply become another commodity owned and controlled by billionaires
and corporations in order to serve their own purposes?

Today, as a
result of the absurd Citizens United Supreme Court decision, corporations
and billionaires can spend unlimited sums of money, without disclosure, in
political campaigns. And that is exactly what they’re doing.

Karl Rove’s
American Crossroads has already pledged to spend at least $240 million in the
elections of 2012. The extreme right-wing billionaire Koch brothers may be
spending even more. And then there is Wall Street, the oil and coal
corporations, the insurance and drug companies and the
military-industrial-complex with all of their money.

The goal of the top
1 percent is simple. They will spend as much as it takes to elect candidates who
support a right-wing corporate agenda. They will spend as much as it takes to
defeat those candidates who are fighting for working families. And that’s about
it!

Our strategy must be equally simple. Short-term, we must do
everything we can to support those progressive candidates in 2012 who are
fighting for the middle class and the values we believe in. Long-term, we must
overturn Citizens United and fight for real campaign finance reform which
limits the power of big money.

Last month, I introduced a constitutional
amendment, the Saving American Democracy bill, to overturn Citizens
United
. This amendment states that:

—Corporations do not have the
same constitutional rights as human beings.
—The people have the right to
regulate corporations.
—Corporations are prohibited from making campaign
contributions.
—Congress and states shall have the power to set reasonable
limits on election spending.

As we approach the second anniversary of the
Citizens United decision, please
join me, Daily Kos and Democracy for America in pledging to fight to overturn
Citizens United and to counter the unlimited resources of the right-wing
in 2012.

Your pledge of support today will show the Big Money
interests that while they may have unlimited sums of money, we have something
more important – the power of the people. Your support could mean volunteering
on local, state or national elections, organizing against Citizens
United
, donating to progressive candidates or running for office
yourself.

Please
pledge your support today. Please stand with us so that, together, we can
transform American politics.

Sincerely,


Senator
Bernie Sanders

 

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