Huge margins back up claim that 'nearly all Americans share the sentiment that corporations should not have the same rights as people'
Citizens in dozens of communities voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday for their legislators to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, which opened the door for the super-rich and corporations to trample democracy.
As they headed to the polls to vote in what turned out to be the most expensive midterm election in history — one in which outside money from undisclosed sources played an outsized role and the number of small individual donors shrank — voters across the country made clear their desire to end corporate personhood and get big money out of politics.
The controversial Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission case has spawned a massive grassroots movement, Move to Amend, www.MoveToAmend.org, calling for an end to corporate personhood.
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court removed virtually all restrictions on corporate money in politics, groups around the country have been attempting to overturn the results of "Citizens United."
Now communities such as Oak Park are giving residents a voice on whether that should happen.
Oak Park Township has placed an advisory referendum on Tuesday's ballot asking voters for governments on all levels to consider a constitutional amendment regulating political funding of campaigns.
DuPage County voters came down firmly behind proposals to rein in two forms of political power when they went to the ballot booth this week.
A statewide advisory measure urging a prohibition on simultaneously holding two elected offices drew overwhelming endorsement, with more than 90 percent in DuPage favoring the ban.