It was so energizing to see our hard work bearing fruit in Columbus on Tuesday. Every signature gathered, every resolution and ballot initiative achieved, every endorsement that you have helped to get has contributed to the strength of our movement! The members of the Ohio House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee heard loud and clear that We the People believe in a Constitutional Amendment to end corporate constitutional rights and money defined as free speech -- and we will not be deterred.
The testimony is all available at the committee’s website here: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/committee/federalism-and-interstate-relations. You can read Representative Kent Smith’s sponsoring testimony, and all of the proponent written testimony under the February 13, 2018 date.
Our next step is for each of us to let the committee know that we support this a resolution calling for this amendment and that it should be voted on.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Call the office of the Chair, Rep. Kristina Roegner, at 614-466-1177, and ask that she bring H.R. 74 to a vote.
2. Call the office of your own state representative (look up here http://www.ohiohouse.gov/members/member-directory ) and ask that person to also contact Chairwoman Roegner and request a vote on H.R. 74.
3. If you wish to send an email, the email address is the letters “rep” followed by the district number at ohiohouse.gov. For example, Rep. Roegner’s email is rep37 [at] ohiohouse.gov.
H.R. 74 addresses two important legal fictions: that corporations and other artificial entities should have the same constitutional rights as human beings and that money is equivalent to speech, preventing common sense campaign finance regulations
This movement is growing throughout the United States, and many other states have already passed similar resolutions, as well as 100s of communities.
As. Rep. Smith noted, “polling shows 85 percent of Democrats, 81 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of independents support overturning Citizens United and that 66 percent of small business owners believe it undermines markets by making it hard to compete with large corporate players.”
A Constitutional Amendment is needed because it is Supreme Court decisions over the last 130+ years that have given increasing power and influence to corporations at the expense of the people’s voice.
As was stated at the hearing, corporations have no soul and care little about anything but profit. It hasn’t always been this way, but now that it is, we need to make some corrections to make business cognizent of the environmental impact they are having and to stop the damage. If we cannot drink the water or breathe the air, where will that leave us and our children and grand-children?
Onward for the authentic democracy that we deserve!