Panelist David Hyde of Move to Amend decried the “rampant inequality” between corporations and people — and the loss of civil liberties — because of the “personhood” granted via Citizens United. He called for education, organization and action to end the cycle of “wealth-power-legislation-wealth … in this oligarchy we live in.”
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CORVALLIS, Ore. - It's the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's "Citizens United" ruling, and some Oregonians have been working for five years to counteract it.
The ruling removed limits on the amount of money that corporations, associations and unions can spend on political campaigns.
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader said Wednesday it may be only a matter of time, based on its latest decision, before the U.S. Supreme Court drops all limits on federal campaign contributions.
Based on Wednesday’s decision and a 2010 case, Schrader said, “the court is gearing up for taking away all contribution limits to candidates. Then it’s going to be even worse, when a sugar daddy who wants to fund your campaign — or fund one against you — can spend unlimited amounts of money.”
Local critics plan on Monday to show their disapproval of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning some limits on federal campaign contributions.
A sign-waving demonstration is planned from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sponsors have asked participants to gather at Liberty Street NE and Court Street. When the group gets large enough, some will move to Commercial Street NE and Court Street, and others may go to the foot of the Marion Street Bridge.
An organizer for the national Move to Amend campaign will be in Corvallis this week to lead a workshop on ways to abolish corporate personhood.
Ashley Sanders will present “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 N.W. Circle Blvd. There is no charge to attend.
Move to Amend has 150 chapters across the country, including eight in Oregon.
A recent Supreme Court decision extending the rights of corporations has some locals and grassroots organizers concerned.
"There's a little buzz around the country about this Supreme Court decision," said Wes Brain of Southern Oregon Jobs for Justice, one of the organizers of a public meeting Thursday billed as a chance for Ashlanders to "join the movement to abolish corporate personhood" in the wake of the decision.