On Citizens United Anniversary, Supreme Court Lit with Giant Dollar Signs

January 26, 2012 | In: Events, Featured, Resources

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On the eve of the second anniversary of the much-despised Citizens United ruling, activists with the Other 98% and Backbone Campaign put a giant dollar sign light projection on the Supreme Court building to protest the ruling that undermined government of, by and for the actual people by defining corporations as people and money as speech.

Two years ago, the Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates to secretive and unlimited corporate political contributions and permitted far-right special interests like billionaires David and Charles Koch to wield undue influence over the Court and U.S. politics.

“The Kochs and their kind are engaged in a hostile corporate takeover of our nation’s political system,” said John Sellers, co-founder of The Other 98%. “We’ve come to the scene of the crime today – the U.S. Supreme Court – to tell the justices exactly what we think of the infamous Citizens United ruling that made that takeover possible.”

“The Citizens United ruling has been a disaster for the middle class, who’ve been under constant assault in Congress and in the Supreme Court by Republicans accountable only to big corporations and the wealthy,” said Andrew Boyd, co-founder of The Other 98%.

Banks, oil companies and other big business interests, like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have spent millions on lobbying, political contributions and misinformation campaigns that hurt 99% of Americans in order to benefit the richest 1%. Citizens United has created a toxic political environment in which corporations can spend unlimited sums of money to oppose candidates and legislation that would benefit seniors, families and businesses – and there’s no better time to let it be known than the second Citizens United anniversary.

To see our other Citizens United Supreme Court action, click here.