Fw: Help me close the floodgates on corporate cash

Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 2:16 PM
Subject: Help me close the floodgates on corporate cash

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC overturned a century of established law by declaring limits on corporate election spending unconstitutional. Help us restore Government By the People, NOT the corporations.

Sen. John Kerry

Please join me in supporting a constitutional amendment to make sure our government stays one By the People, not corporations.

Spread the word!


Dear Daniel,

It’s apparent to me that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC is so sweeping that we must think boldly about how to free our democracy from the dominance of big money. I believe we need to think big — we need to amend the Constitution so that legislatures have unambiguous authority to limit the influence of corporations in American elections.

Thank you for signing People For the American Way’s petition supporting a constitutional amendment and helping to build the momentum we need to undo the Supreme Court’s damage. Please help promote the petition to others by forwarding this email or posting the link below on your Facebook page or other web sites.


Amending the Constitution is not something I take lightly. But the need to do it has been forced on us by Supreme Court’s conservative majority. The Roberts Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v. FEC said that corporations could spend unlimited money to influence elections. The decision is a departure from a century of legal precedent and offers a radical new interpretation of the First Amendment and how it pertains to corporations. Some of my fellow senators have offered bills to close some loopholes and afford what protections can be allowed in this new legal framework, but a constitutional amendment remains the only real comprehensive fix.

The scholars, advocates and organizations who have called for a constitutional amendment understand, as I do, that this process will be long and hard. But with a strong grassroots movement behind it, it’s an effort that can succeed. That’s where you come in.

You’re already a leader in this movement. Now, please help get at least five others to sign PFAW’s petition. I will use it in lobbying my colleagues and advancing this effort.


Corporations ought to be subject to rules that protect average voters and our democratic system as a whole. But the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that corporation’s “right” effectively to buy elections is more important. The Court opened the floodgates for corporate cash in elections but we can close them. Please join me in this effort and, together, we can leave our mark on history and save our democracy.

Thank you,

Senator John Kerry (D-MA)


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