On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in the infamous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, the U.S. Supreme Court gave rights to corporations that were once reserved for natural, human persons.
This dangerous and unthinkable ruling allows artificial entities, such as corporations and limited liability companies, to donate UNLIMITED funds to political campaigns as a form of Constitutionally-protected “free speech”. It sets the stage for the auctioning of our representatives to the highest bidder and is the most open and direct attack on America’s most prominent founding principle: Democracy.
It has now become necessary that we, the People of the State of Nevada, exercise our First Amendment rights and petition Nevada’s Congressional Representatives to dismantle the corporate political power that has usurped our governance. By signing this petition, we are sending a clear message that:
We, the People of the State of Nevada, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and hereby instruct our elected representatives to enact resolutions that firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
Amending the Constitution will take a tremendous amount of work from all corners of the nation. So far, New York City, Los Angeles, Albany, Portland, Boulder and many other cities have passed city council resolutions against corporate personhood. The state of Vermont introduced a measure that calls on Congress to create a constitutional amendment separating the rights of individuals from those of corporations. California is expected to be next.
The fight to reclaim our sovereign right to self-governance begins in our backyard. Together we can, and must, put an end to the corporate electioneering of OUR Representatives and build a more perfect union that serves the true will of the governed.
Nevada residents: sign this petition and share it with as many people as possible. It’s time our representatives in the Silver State address this issue once and for all.