Vermont Press Coverage

7 Questions For Move to Amend Spokesperson David Cobb

March 13, 2012

The "corporations are not people" train makes another stop in Vermont this week.

Last Tuesday, on Town Meeting Day, 60 Vermont towns passed resolutions calling on Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to repeal Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that spawned super PACs and gave corporations the same First Amendment rights as flesh-and-blood humans.

What’s next for abolish corporate personhood movement in Vermont?

March 13, 2012

David Cobb, spokesperson for the national initiative – Move to Amend – promoting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to abolish corporate “personhood” visits Vermont this week.

Cobb is a lawyer and national projects director for Democracy Unlimited.

His two-stop tour in Vermont comes after 60 Vermont communities adopted resolutions at Town Meeting calling on Congress to adopt a 28th amendment to U.S. Constitution making clear that “corporations are not people” and “money is not speech.”

Vermont Pushes Against Citizens United

March 8, 2012

Vermonters pushed for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United during this week’s Super Tuesday vote.

The 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allows corporations to spend unlimited amount of money to influence elections.

Dozens of towns and cities took on this issue of money in politics. They passed initiatives and resolutions on town meeting agendas that called on the Vermont delegation in Congress to support an amendment making clear that corporations are not people under the Constitution.

The Movement Against Citizens United Continues to Build

March 5, 2012

America is engulfed in a new kind of warfare these days against a threat from within that is holding our nation hostage and destroying all we hold dear, especially our democracy and a middle class way of life we may never see again. The new weapons of mass destruction being used against us are vast, unlimited and unidentified amounts of money poured into super PACs by special interests and corporations in order to buy off members of Congress, seize the reins in Washington and take over our country.

Vermont's Push to End Corporate Personhood

December 3, 2011

As support builds to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, organizer David Cobb returned to Vermont last week to discuss pending state legislation and Town Meeting votes aimed at amending the US Constitution.

Over the last decade more than a hundred cities and towns across the country have passed ordinances putting citizens' rights ahead of corporate interests. They have banned businesses from dumping toxic sludge, building factory farms, mining, and extracting water for bottling.

Some have also refused to recognize corporations as people.

Resolution Calling to Amend the Constitution Banning Corporate Personhood Introduced in Vermont

February 22, 2011

January 21, VERMONT - A year ago today, the Supreme Court issued its bizarre Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections as a form of “free speech” for the corporate “person.” Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the dissent, had the task of recalling the majority to planet earth and basic common sense.