Thom Hartmann talks with David Cobb, a National Spokesperson of Move to Amend, about an amendment in The U.S House that would end 'corporate rule'.
Move to Amend is working to pass a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution establishing that "money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights."
July 4th is coming, and we feel it is a perfect time to announce that many of us are joining in the movement to take our elections back from extremely wealthy individuals and profit-driven corporations.
Mount Shasta, Calif. -- David Cobb is a dynamic, forceful, and as he admits, an angry speaker. And he is on a mission. Kicking off a 20 plus city northern California barnstorm tour in Mount Shasta March 24, Cobb’s mission is nothing less than amending the Constitution of the United States to include that “A corporation is not a person” and that “Money is not speech and can be regulated.”
“I’m a proud, patriotic and pissed off American citizen,” the 2004 Green Party candidate for president said. “Money is not free speech.”
HARRISBURG, PA - They can't breathe. They don't bleed. They don't digest food.
But, as Mitt Romney famously blurted, corporations are people - at least under the law. In the Citizens United decision in 2010, for instance, the Supreme Court recognized that corporations have the constitutional right of free speech, something most people assumed belonged to actual carbon-based life-forms.
We applaud Congressman Rick Nolan’s dogged approach to reversing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave corporations the same rights as people.
Last week, Justice Samuel Alito Jr. speciously defended the Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in the 2010 Citizens United case by arguing that the ruling, which allowed unlimited independent campaign spending by corporations and unions, was not really groundbreaking at all. In fact, he said, all it did was reaffirm that corporations have free speech rights and that, without such rights, newspapers would have lost the major press freedom rulings that allowed the publication of the Pentagon Papers and made it easier for newspapers to defend themselves against libel suits in New York Times v.
A mass grassroots election protection movement has been born. It's finally forced the issues of mass disenfranchisement and hackable electronic voting machines into the mainstream.
And it's emerged from this election with a must-do list of things that need to be accomplished---soon---if we are to retain any shreds of American democracy.
"We the People" say no to big $ - David Cobb, National Spokesperson-Move to Amend joins Thom Hartmann. At the polls yesterday - voters in 100 communities across America overwhelmingly said no to corporate money influencing our democracy. Is a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United now on the horizon?