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"Citizens United was a victory for free speech rights."

  • Citizens United was a victory for big corporations -- and a defeat for everyone else.
  • By declaring that corporations have the same free speech rights as people, the Court opened the floodgates for corporations to spend as much money as they want in any election -- all in secret.
  • Our democracy was founded on the belief that every voice deserves to be heard. But with Citizens United, the voices of regular people are getting drowned out.


"Corporations are people."                                        

  • Corporations are not people. No one should have to explain this. Corporations do not vote, they do not fight and die for our nation, and they do not have consciences or beliefs.
  • It's bad enough that they spend millions on lobbyists to influence politicians. Corporations should not be able to control our elections, too.
  • The founders of our country certainly did not consider corporations to be people. Corporations aren't even mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. America was founded as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.


"Labor unions are taking advantage of Citizens United, too."

  • Actually, there's really no comparison -- unions disclose more about their finances and follow stricter transparency rules than the shadowy front groups for corporations.
  • Let's be clear on the difference: unions are made up of working people looking out for working people. When corporations raking in billions in profits can spend unlimited amounts buying our elections, unions don't stand a chance.
  • In fact, when it comes to "soft money" political spending, corporations have poured in almost 20 times more than labor over the last decade


"Corporations should be able to participate in our government, too."

  • The American people won't get a fair shot until we have a government by and for all of us -- not bought and paid for by Wall Street, Big Oil, and corporate lobbyists.
  • When corporations can use their massive profits to secretly cut multi-million dollar checks to bankroll politicians, how are regular Americans with small dollar donations supposed to be heard?
  • There was a reason our country restricted corporations from using their money to meddle in politics for more than a century: to prevent corruption and protect our free and fair elections. But Citizens United undid all that.


"Liberals oppose Citizens United because the campaign money is going to their opponents."

  • This isn't about party or ideology. It's about too much money spent in political campaigns today. It's about nobody knowing where it comes from or how it's being spent to throw an election.
  • When big corporations can spend unlimited amounts of their billions buying our elections, ordinary Americans lose, no matter where they stand on the issues.
  • Almost all Americans -- including more than half of Republicans -- agree it's time to put reasonable limits on campaign contributions and spending.




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