Limit corporate power by amending Constitution

July 14, 2011

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THANK YOU to Renée Loth for her important column highlighting why we need a constitutional amendment to overturn the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC and to restore democracy to the people (“Clean elections take a hit,’’ Op-ed, July 9). The ruling presents a serious and direct threat to our elections, unleashing a torrent of corporate money in our political process unmatched by any previous campaign expenditure totals. The ruling also marks the most extreme extension yet of a corporate-rights doctrine that has placed corporations over people.

We wish to clarify one point in the column: Free Speech For People advocates for the same constitutional amendment route that we, as a nation, have used for all of our prior 27 amendments - via Congress passing an amendment and sending it to the states for ratification. That route would not require a constitutional convention.

We have done this before in our nation’s history. We must set out to do it again to defend our democracy and to ensure that people, not corporations, govern in America.

John Bonifaz
Free Speech For People