Corporate Money Buys Elections, We Fund Powerful Projects
Money is speech, and corporations are people, said five justices on the Supreme Court, and so began the undoing of over a hundred years of campaign finance law with the Citizens United ruling.
From that point forward, large corporations have spent millions of dollars for ads to independently smear candidates they oppose, and millions more to build support for candidates whom they hope will support their corporate agenda.
We’ll never be able to match the funds necessary to combat corporate influence dollar for dollar, but we’ve got a more powerful tool to overcome this assault on our democratic values: you and the other grassroots organizers and organizations that make up the Move to Amend coalition!
On May 27, The New York Timesreported on a federal judge in Virginia who ruled that a ban on corporations donating funds directly to candidates was unconstitutional.
“Judge James C. Cacheris said if corporations and people have an equivalent right to free speech under Citizens United, they also have an equivalent right to contribute to candidates, albeit within the same limits currently established by federal law.”
What does this mean for our democracy?
Rich and powerful corporations now have the right to donate directly to candidates, as well as flood the airwaves and print media with independent ads -- not necessarily based in truth.
With this latest ruling and corporations poised to take advantage of it, Move to Amend becomes more relevant with every passing day. We are the one coalition that has stood against Corporate Personhood -- in all its forms -- from day one.
From printing materials, maintaining our website and adding new organizing tools, to travel expenses for guest speaking and promoting local events, it takes money to fund a grassroots effort!