And What Do We Do Now?

May 13, 2014

"...But today, unlike the period following the war in Viet Nam, there is a movement that has a clear, fundamental goal that addresses these questions and a strategy to achieve it: to greatly expand democracy so that we the people, not corporations, do the governing; so our elections aren’t sold to the highest bidder; so private interests can’t determine national policy in healthcare or education or energy…or war.

What I’m talking about is, a national grassroots campaign to amend the U.S. Constitution to remove corporate money from elections and end the insane practice of giving the legal fictions we call corporations the same constitutional rights as real human beings..."

Apparently the Supreme Court thinks you're stupid...

April 24, 2014

Justice Kennedy said in Citizens United, “Ingratiation and access, in any event, are not corruption. . . . The appearance of influence or access, furthermore, will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy.” 

Chief Justice Roberts quoted Kennedy in the McCutcheon decision,  “Ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption. They embody a central feature of democracy—that constituents support candidates who share their beliefs and interests, and candidates who are elected can be expected to be responsive to those concerns.”

How much proof does the Court need that money is corrupting elected officials, the two major parties, and their candidates for office? 

Intern with Move to Amend - Applications Due May 23

April 18, 2014

Move to Amend is the national campaign to Abolish Corporate Personhood and Defend Democracy. We are mobilizing a movement to amend the US Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and that financial contributions to political campaigns are not free speech.

We are seeking bright, energetic folks to join our team as interns. Interns can either work out of the office of Democracy Unlimited in Eureka, CA - one of our Move to Amend founding organizations, or telecommute from anywhere in the United States.


Democracy and Taxes

April 15, 2014

If you need evidence of the damaging effects of corporate personhood on our democracy (and our wallets), then look no further than the US tax code. Tax rates have been declining for all taxpayers for decades, but the largest decreases have been distributed to corporations and the wealthiest 1%.

The Bitter Truth About Money and Politics In Your Daily Life

April 11, 2014

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — By now only five people seem to believe that money doesn't buy influence in politics. Or, more accurately, they just don't care. Recently the Supreme Court addressed the issue of campaign contributions in deciding McCutcheon vs. FEC. In the SCOTUS opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts and four colleagues held that money in politics corrupts, or appears to corrupt, only in cases of quid pro quo bribery.

In other words, you can have a politician on retainer just so long as he never itemizes the bill. For everyone to whom that looks wrong, it turns out you actually think it's fine. You must have been looking at some other country where corporations get the same rights as citizens.

Of course everyone knows better. The voters know it, the politicians know it, people spending this money know it. And, whether they protest too much or not, the Justices know it. Politics matter, and when massive amounts of money roll around the system, it affects all of our lives in very real ways. Such as...

Move to Amend Statement on McCutcheon v. FEC Decision

April 2, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to today’s Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, a campaign finance case with vast implications for the electoral process, the Move to Amend Coalition released the following statement:

"Once again the Court has made its loyalties clear, and they lie not with the American people. The wealthiest individuals already have the power to finance campaigns and now the Court has made that even easier. We reject the Supreme Court's ruling in McCutcheon and call on the American people to build a movement to force Congress to overrule the Court through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to make clear that corporations do not have Constitutional rights and money is not speech and campaign spending at all levels can be regulated."

Victories in Wisconsin and New Hampshire!

April 2, 2014
It may have been April Fools Day, but folks in Wisconsin pulled no pranks in their triumphs yesterday. 

Wisconsinites voted by huge majorities in thirteen communities in favor of  instructing Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation to propose and support — and the Wisconsin state legislature ratify — an amendment to the United States Constitution that clarifies three issues: 

1) that money is not speech; 2) that corporations are not entitled to the same rights as natural persons; and 3) that Congress and the states can limit election-related spending to ensure that all citizens, regardless of wealth, can express their views to one another and their government on a level playing field.”

This continues our trend of never yet failing when the vote for the We the People Amendment is put directly in front of The People at the ballot box. Congratulations for a job well done to our volunteer organizers in Wisconsin! 

Are You There God? It's Me, Hobby Lobby.

March 25, 2014

Today the Supreme Court hears yet another corporate first amendment rights case: Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. This case is not about free speech, which has recently captured the outrage of Americans with Citizens United and the pending McCutcheon case. It is about religious freedom.

Who would have thought that we'd see the day corporate lawyers would argue that for-profit corporations can practice spirituality?

Move to Amend is Hiring: Outreach and Media Coordinator

March 18, 2014

Reporting to and in partnership with the National Director, the Outreach and Media Coordinator will work with other staff, board members and volunteers to elevate our message, analysis, and frame with a broader audience; engage and grow our supporter base; and create and distribute press releases and media advisories and develop relationships with national and regional reporters. The Outreach and Media Coordinator must also be a strong writer and public speaker as well as be comfortable in the day-to-day management of website posting and database management.