Press Coverage

Kent Move to Amend petition seeks to challenge corporate personhood in constitution

April 19, 2015

A charter initiative is being sought in Kent with the goal of challenging "corporate personhood" locally and nationally by gathering input from city residents during a public hearing each election cycle.

A citizens' group is planning to place the city charter amendment on the ballot through petition initiative. If approved bv voters, the initiative would require Kent City Council to designate a "Democracy Day" during the first week of October each year in which a local, state or national election is held in Kent.

Push Against Corporate Political Speech Faces Uphill Battle in Raleigh

March 4, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina would push Congress to help head off the flow of corporate money into the federal, state and local elections under a measure filed by Democrats and favored by Move to Amend, a citizens group calling for a federal constitutional amendment.

"Today, we see elected offices at all levels, including the judiciary, commodities on an open market," said Tom Coulson, a member of Move to Amend who spoke at the legislature Wednesday morning.

Dreaming and working for a real democracy after Citizens United ruling: (opinion)

January 21, 2015

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. 

Oregonians Still "Moving to Amend" U.S. Constitution

January 21, 2015

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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.

Alaska Dispatch Commentary

January 19, 2015

"On Jan. 20, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court offered the momentous 5-4 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling declaring that corporations are people. Five years later, 73 percent of Americans are opposed to Citizens United and see the absurdity of considering a corporate entity a person."

Wayne Citizens to Reclaim Democracy

November 22, 2014

The fall election netted a very interesting result: Citizens of the United States are ready to amend the Constitution.

    From Massachusetts to Ohio, from Illinois to Florida, and Wisconsin, citizens voted overwhelmingly on Nov. 4, to pass a Constitutional amendment calling for an end to the recent doctrines of corporate Constitutional rights and money as free speech.

Momentum Builds In Ohio to Mute Voice of Big Money

November 6, 2014

CLEVELAND - Momentum is building in the Buckeye State to stop the influence of Big Money in elections.Voters in the Cleveland-area communities of Mentor and Chagrin Falls passed resolutions on Tuesday calling on Congress to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring corporate entities are not "persons," and that money is not equal to "free speech."

Chagrin Falls resident Becky Thomas, who organized the ballot initiative in her community, says she's happy to join other communities across the country who want to get money out of politics.

Chagrin Falls final votes support that corporations are not people

November 5, 2014

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Chagrin Falls must ask the U.S. Congress to reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision that allows corporations unlimited spending in political campaigns, after voters approved Issue 34 with two-thirds of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Greg Coleridge, the coordinator for Ohio's Move to Amend efforts, said he isn't surprised voters approved the issue saying corporations are not people.

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