Constitutional amendment needed to state money is not speech: Letter to the Editor

January 14, 2016
Kathy Hazelton

Jan. 21 marks the sad sixth anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, when the Court's majority pronounced "independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption ... and ... will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy."

On the contrary, big money in politics has corrupted our political processes:  SuperPACs and "social welfare" organizations drown out the voices of "We the People" in elections. Officeholders place the interests of corporations and unions over the will of the people, because they are beholden to big donors (e.g., oil and gas interests) to fund the costs of perpetual campaigns. For-profit charter schools fail without accountability.

Through municipal ballot measures, Americans are demanding that legislators call for a Constitutional amendment stating money is not speech and corporate entities cannot claim the Constitutional rights intended for natural persons only. Watch for – and vote for – such measures in Cleveland, Shaker Heights and South Euclid this fall. The Constitution has been amended 27 times; let's make it 28.

Kathy Hazelton,

Shaker Heights

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