How's Your Faith in "Our Democracy" Doing?
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?
Sick of this? We are too! Hold a House Party to support Move to Amend and get involved!
In March, we learned that the FBI arrested three Democrats in three different states on political corruption charges. In the same month, Republican presidential front-runners flocked to Chuck Adelson’s Las Vegas soiree in the hopes of capturing Adelson’s endorsement and the millions in campaign contributions that go with it.
An Internet search will bring up hundreds of hits revealing that corruption in government has been alive and well for many years. These days the very nature of the power that comes with election to office is a corrupting influence. When coupled with unlimited sums of money spent by corporations and special interests in elections, further corruption of the political process is a forgone conclusion.
But five justices, unelected and disconnected from the people, were unable to reach the same conclusion that the rest of us know to be as obvious as the noses on our faces.
Every time the Court decides in favor of corporations and the wealthiest 5% of Americans, it is another body blow to our battered democracy. The Supreme Court has a history of dismantling campaign finance law, undermining our democracy, and perpetuating corporate rule.
Bring your friends, family members, and neighbors together to learn more about Move to Amend, what you can do to end corporate rule, and the corruption that goes with it. Hold a House Party to Support Move to Amend!