Congressman Fattah Applauds Local Lawmakers’ Vote Calling for an End to Corporate Power in Elections
Philadelphia Resolution Calls for a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Supreme Court Ruling on “Citizens United”
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) today thanked Philadelphia’s City Council for approving a resolution that calls for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.
Fattah said, “The Supreme Court made a mistake in deciding that corporations have the same free speech rights as individuals. It is encouraging that Philadelphia’s City Council agrees with state and local governments across this nation to take a stand on this important issue. After all, our government is for all the people and by all the people.”
Thursday’s vote follows a nationwide Resolutions Week, held June 11-15, during which cities across the country passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling. The court gave corporations the power to spend unlimited amounts on political campaign advertisements. Since the Supreme Court’s ruling, Super PACs and their secret funders have spent record amounts in elections with no accountability to the American public. In the 2010 election cycle alone, outside groups spent nearly $300 million nationwide. The 2012 election is on track to become the most expensive in U.S. history.
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah