Letter to the Editor published in Spartanburg Herald Journal

Sunday’s letters: Citizens United ruling

Published: Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 6, 2012 at 4:31 p.m.

Election-year fundraising is in full swing, with super PACs supporting both parties taking in stupendous amounts of unregulated, undisclosed money. If we are to preserve the integrity of our electoral system, the American voters are going to have to unite against the Citizens United ruling. In short, this U.S. Supreme Court ruling stated that corporations are people and that unlimited donations to super PACs are protected as free speech.

Clearly, corporations are not people, and corporate and union donations are not speech. The American people cannot depend on nor wait for the Supreme Court to see the grave results of its misguided ruling.

Efforts are being made in Congress. Most important, localities throughout the country are speaking out, sending a clear message to politicians that we will not accept the status quo of unlimited corporate donations to super PACs destroying the integrity of our electoral process and drowning out the voices of ordinary voters. This is a nonpartisan concern. Everyone who cares about this country should join in.

Local citizens are petitioning our own Spartanburg County Council to adopt a resolution against Citizens United. They will be joining several cities and counties in neighboring North Carolina and all across the country. For an up-to-date look at how many states, counties, cities and even small towns have passed resolutions against Citizens United, check out movetoamend.org/resolutions.

I hope local citizens will inform themselves about this issue and sign this locally generated petition. If enough citizens unite and speak out, this unfortunate ruling can be undone. It is up to us, the citizens and voters, to see that the repeal of Citizens United is accomplished.

Michael and

Doris Wilson Johnson

Lyman

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Notes from July demonstration and GA

We got lots of thumbs up and thank yous this week on Morgan Square.  The resolution that the Working Group has written for County Council to join the many others who want Citizens United (aka “corporations are people”) overturned was distributed, read and approved by all during a fairly informal GA on the sidewalk. The Working Group is moving forward with petitions supporting this resolution…if any of you have questions or would like to help in this effort please email occupyspartanburg@gmail.com.  Look for a letter to the editor from one of us in the Spartanburg Herald Journal on this subject soon!  Also, California has just joined the growing list of states who support an amendment overturning Citizens United, so things are moving right along!
Our next demonstration and GA will be August 6th from 5pm to 8pm on Morgan Square as usual!
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