Added Jul 20 2012
I plan to hold a City Council hearing next Monday on a resolution I introduced at last month's City Council meeting, calling for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The hearing will be held Monday, July 23rd, at 10 a.m., in Room 201A of City Hall (121 N. LaSalle).
In Citizens United, the Supreme Court overturned years of precedent and ruled that corporations are people and, as such, have a first amendment right to spend unlimited money to support or oppose political candidates. The decision threatens to undermine the very fabric of our democracy at all levels of government by giving corporations and wealthy individuals even more power to influence elections and public policy.
The resolution calls for an amendment to the Constitution that would restore the ability of government at all levels to set limits on the amount of money that corporations and wealthy individuals can spend on campaigns.
To read the resolution, click on the link below:
If the Chicago City Council adopts this resolution, it will join over 250 city and town councils across the nation who have raised their collective voice to denounce the Supreme Court decision and call for limits on the amount of money corporations and billionaires can spend on elections.
Why should the members of the Chicago City Council weigh in on this issue? As the elected officials closest to the people, we've witnessed firsthand the devastating impact on our communities of federal spending and tax policies driven by the wealthy few at the expense of the many. These policies exist because the wealthy and powerful dominate the debate and drown out opposing views.
If you don't have another commitment, I hope you will venture to City Hall Monday morning to lend your support to this important resolution.