The only sure way to stamp money out of politics is a constitutional amendment.
David Cobb from Move to Amend joins Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture. California's Supreme Court looks poised to let go into a effect a ballot measure condemning the 2010 Citizens United decision. Could this be just the beginning of a nationwide revolt against money in politics?
"Two lynchpins for understanding how this [oligarchy] happened are a pair of illegitimate, court-created legal doctrines. The first is corporate constitutional rights and the second is money equals political speech."
Mister Mayor, take corporate money out of Salt Lake City municipal elections.
That is the message the Utah chapter of Move to Amend will take to Mayor Ralph Becker on Friday. They will be joined by members of the Salt Lake branch of the National League of Women Voters.
The groups are seeking an ordinance that would keep the mayor and council races from becoming big-money affairs. They also seek to reduce individual campaign donations to $500 per person in mayoral and council elections.
A group of Platteville residents is circulating a petition for an advisory referendum on a proposed federal constitutional amendment.
The Move to Amend group favors overturning by constitutional amendment U.S. Supreme Court decisions that group members say have resulted in an explosion in spending on political campaigns.
Charlie Clark, one of the group’s organizers, said the constitutional amendment would say that “only people and not corporations, nonprofits, unions or other such groups have constitutional rights, and money is not speech.”
The Hawaii County Council wants Congress to sponsor a constitutional amendment curbing the ability of corporations to pump unlimited money into elections.
The council voted 6-3 to approve a nonbinding resolution by North Kona Councilwoman Karen Eoff asking the state’s congressional delegation to push the amendment in Washington. Eoff also wants the Hawaii State Association of Counties to include the measure in its priority package for the state Legislature.
David Cobb, a Texas lawyer and activist who ran on the Green Party line for president in 2004, says the only way to get the unprecedented about of money out of politics is a constitutional amendment that spells out out that money is not speech and corporations aren’t people.
Cobb, a national spokesperson for the Move to Amend campaign, will be speaking in Spokane on Tuesday. He spoke with the Inlander about how the time is ripe for change, how Donald Trump’s rise signals positive developments for American politics, where Bernie Sanders falls short and why he’s optimistic about his seemingly quixotic goal.
David Cobb is a co-founder of Move to Amend, a leading organization on the front against the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” ruling. Cobb is coming to Bainbridge Monday, August 17, to raise support for Washington Initiative 735, which seeks to make Washington the 17th state to support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court ruling.
Stephen Justino of Move to Amend drew a dozen voters to the Mercury Café in Denver on Sunday for a Call to Action aimed at overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling. The 2010 decision established two legal principals: Corporations are entitled to free speech protections like those extended to persons, and spending on political matters equals speech, so spending constraints constitute an improper limitation on free speech.
George Washington: would he have wanted an amendment to rein in campaign finance spending? Photograph: AP