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“I support the People’s Rights Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and corporate personhood.”

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peoples-rights-amendment-250In 2010, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for the corporate takeover of American politics with the Citizens United decision, which held that corporations are not only people, but have the right to effectively buy elections outright. In 2012, we saw the the decision’s disastrous effects: corporate money flooded into elections at unprecedented levels.

Now, a brave Congressman, Rep. Jim McGovern, is bucking the tide and introducing a bill that would amend the Constitution to overturn Citizen’s United and restore human rights to their rightful owners: humans, not corporations. Let’s tell Congress loud and clear: support the People’s Rights Amendment, and end Citizens United now.

The onslaught of corporate spending in the 2012 elections was nothing short of horrifying:

- 2012 was the most expensive election on record, at a total of over $6 billion; [1]
- Spending by outside groups surged to over $1 billion, quadrupling 2006 levels; [2] [3]
- A quarter of outside spending, $250 million, came from secret “dark money” sources; [3]
- Corporate sponsored “Super PACs” spent an astonishing $730 million, more than twice the amount spent by political parties; [4]
- Only 91 extremely wealthy individuals contributed over 60.5% of all spending [2]

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to do this math: thanks to Citizens United, American democracy is on fire sale to the highest bidder.

Fortunately for ordinary people, the fire sale can only go on as long as the Constitution honors the notion that corporations are people, a legal fiction that defies common sense. As Rep. McGovern said when he introduced his bill earlier this month, “Corporations don’t breathe, they don’t have kids, and they don’t die in wars.” 79% of American voters agree, claiming that they would support a bill to overturn Citizens United and end corporate personhood. [5]

Now Congress has a chance to side with people over corporations and Common Sense over Big Money.

Take action now to make sure they make the right choice.

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/us/politics/little-to-show-for-cash-flood-by-big-donors.html?ref=politics&_r=0
[2] http://www.demos.org/publication/election-spending-2012-pre-election-analysis-federal-election-commission-data
[3] http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2011/05/citizens-united-decision-profoundly-affects-political-landscape.html
[4] http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/index.php
[5] http://freespeechforpeople.org/sites/default/files/FSFP%20Nationwide%20Voter%20Survey-1.pdf