The Dayton (Ohio) City Commission passed a resolution on February 18, 2015 calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to overturn the US Supreme Court’s “Citizens United v Federal Election Commission” ruling and to declare that constitutional rights are for people and elections are not for sale.
By TODD HELBERG @cntoddhelberg
The Crescent News, Defiance, Ohio
City backs effort to end legal notion of corporate personhood.
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.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Five years ago, the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling gave corporations the same free-speech rights as individuals to contribute money to political campaigns. Momentum has grown since then in Ohio to end what's known as "corporate personhood."