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Clevelanders could vote on whether corporations should be people

July 6, 2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Clevelanders could vote in November to call on the U.S. Congress to pass a constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not people and cannot spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns.

Move to Amend, a national group pushing to overturn a 2010 Supreme Court decision, submitted a petition Wednesday to Cleveland City Council. The petition has 8,906 signatures, well over the 5,000 required for formal consideration.

Interview on Move to Amend on America’s Work Force Radio

March 1, 2016

America’s Work Force Radio


March 1, 2016


On the broadcast today we had Tim Burga, President of The Ohio AFL-CIO, and he talked about the Workers Compensation Bill and Right to Work! Our second guest was Greg Coleridge, with Move to Amend, and he talked about the growing Influence of Money in Politics!

http://awfradio.com/todays-show-3-1-16/

[Interview begins at the 20:30 mark]

The program also aired at 4:00 pm on WERE, 1490 AM in Cleveland

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

January 14, 2016

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."

Dreaming and working for a real democracy after Citizens United ruling: (opinion)

January 21, 2015

It's a cruel irony that the very week our nation celebrates the life and work for justice and equality of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., our country also marks mark the 5th anniversary of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision that diminished political justice and equality.

The controversial decision, issued Jan. 21, 2010, broadened the rights of corporate entities and individuals to donate (or, more appropriately, invest) in political elections. Its promises of expanding democracy and greater quality and diversity in political discourse have gone unfulfilled. 

Momentum Builds In Ohio to Mute Voice of Big Money

November 6, 2014

CLEVELAND - Momentum is building in the Buckeye State to stop the influence of Big Money in elections.Voters in the Cleveland-area communities of Mentor and Chagrin Falls passed resolutions on Tuesday calling on Congress to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring corporate entities are not "persons," and that money is not equal to "free speech."

Chagrin Falls resident Becky Thomas, who organized the ballot initiative in her community, says she's happy to join other communities across the country who want to get money out of politics.

Chagrin Falls final votes support that corporations are not people

November 5, 2014

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Chagrin Falls must ask the U.S. Congress to reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision that allows corporations unlimited spending in political campaigns, after voters approved Issue 34 with two-thirds of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Greg Coleridge, the coordinator for Ohio's Move to Amend efforts, said he isn't surprised voters approved the issue saying corporations are not people.

Chagrin Falls to vote on whether corporations are people

October 6, 2014

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Chagrin Falls voters will decide in November whether to ask U.S. Congress to reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision allowing corporations unlimited spending in political campaigns.

Becky Thomas, a resident in Chagrin Falls, organized the petition that put Issue 34 on the November ballot. If the issue is approved, council will hold public meetings every other year where residents can testify on the impact of political money. Officials would also send a letter to Congress detailing village residents' desire for an amendment.

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