Super lobbyists: Citizens stand up to corporate power: letter to the editor

November 25, 2012
Greg Coleridge

From Massachusetts to Oregon, Colorado to Illinois, and California to Ohio, citizens throughout the country voted overwhelmingly on Nov. 6 for their legislators to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling and declare that only human beings -- not corporations -- are entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not speech and campaign spending can be regulated.

Residents in more than 150 cities, including Brecksville and Newburgh Heights here in Northeast Ohio, had the opportunity to vote on measures calling for an end to the doctrines of corporate constitutional rights and money as free speech. Every single one passed.

More council resolutions, ordinances and initiatives across Ohio are planned in 2013. Contact ohio [at] for more information.

Greg Coleridge Cleveland Heights

Coleridge is director of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee and the Ohio coordinator for Move to Amend.


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