Court Rulings and Local Action

Court rulings and more.

In the Montana case, the U.S. Supreme Court added fuel to the fires of outrage over the Citizens United ruling with a brief unsigned opinion that re-asserts the dominance of the Citizens United decision over state laws. The ruling also permanently overturns a 100-year state law in Montana – now allowing unlimited corporate spending to influence campaigns and elections.
Read details in the New York Times or Common Dreams.

Dollars continue to flow, shattering previous fundraising records. Read here (OpenSecrets.org) how the Supreme Court transformed the campaign finance landscape through Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission — and how the decision is now affecting U.S. politics.

A U.S. Senate subcommittee held a hearing July 24th (originally scheduled for July 17th) - led by Sen. Dick Durbin – to examine pending constitutional proposals to remedy the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling.
Corporations are not people, money is not speech,

WPC is not standing still. We are helping cities and local organizations to raise their voice and to demand action on a constitutional amendment — working together with local advocates and national groups such as Move To AmendFree Speech For PeoplePublic CitizenCommon Cause and others. In Washington State, Jefferson, Island, and Snohomish Counties have passed resolutions, along with City Councils in the following cities: Port Townsend, Seattle, Bellingham, Langley, Coupeville, La Conner, Olympia, Tacoma, Walla Walla, Sequim, and Kirkland.