Engaged citizens across Minnesota urge political hopefuls to fight corporate corruption of government.
By now, David Cobb's visits to Duluth are enough to garner the attention of mainstream politics.
"We started out with 12 people in a living room in 2010," said Cobb of his movement to limit the influence of money on elections by amending the Constitution. "Now we've got 75 affiliates with 405,000 people and growing."
This is an update about where things stand with Citizens United at the local, state, and national level. Our local Duluth MTA now has over 350 FB members. Our state now has over 10,600 members, starting from just a few hundred three years ago, while our national movement now has over 400,000 members. Move to Amend is now working in coordination wth dozens of other like-minded organizations. Thanks for taking the time to consider this.
The News Tribune’s Feb. 16 editorial resisted amending our Minnesota Constitution through a ballot process, as outlined in our Minnesota Constitution (Our View: “Don’t let politics alter Constitution”).
The editorial agreed that a problem exists with openness and transparency in Minnesota government but did not agree that the people should be allowed to vote to fix the problem. While the editorial may be correct that the House majority may be counted on to vote as a caucus on this effort to make Minnesota politics more open and transparent, this has gone on for far too long.
Move to Amend is a grassroots movement seeking to build support for a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and establish that corporations are not people and do not have the right to spend unlimited sums of money on political advertising.
One of the organization’s leaders, David Cobb, spoke to 100 or so intensely focused activists Tuesday night at the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis.
A group of activists protested the role money plays in American politics with a light display on the Walker Art Center bridge on Saturday night, after the first day of Rock the Garden concluded.
The mere mention of abortion has appeared to derail a Minnesota push for a constitutional amendment overruling the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision.
That decision ruled “corporations are people,” upending corporate political spending bans as free speech violations. Several states have passed a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention to supersede the court. The Minnesota Senate passed that resolution last year.
Readers Write - Letter of the Day
Our state ought to be joining others taking our elections back for the people.
The "We the People" Act HF 276/ SF 17 has passed Minnesota's Civil Law Committee and needs everyone's help as it faces an imminent make or break close vote in the full State House. It succinctly requests a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to overthrow the Supreme Court's rulings in favor of both Citizens United and Shaun McCutcheon. Thanks to a citizen’s organization called Move to Amend, 500 cities/ towns plus 16 States have voted in support, and with HR 276 Minnesota could be the next.
The Minnesota Senate already passed legislation calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United, the controversial 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor unions. Now, the House is trying to do the same thing. The bill's chief author, Rep. Ray Dehn, D-Minneapolis, says as things stand right now, the House vote will come down to a "thin margin."