Write and send a personal email to your U.S. senators: Vote to repeal Citizens United

The midterm elections are less than two months away, and once again we are seeing record-breaking sums of corporate money being spent to manipulate voters.

Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and McCutcheon opened up the floodgates for the Koch brothers to spend unlimited sums, and without a constitutional amendment we will see more awful Court rulings in the future.

In the past four months, 279,588 people have signed our Daily Kos petition—calling on the U.S. Senate to pass a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United, which has been our most successful petition to date. A vote in the Senate on this amendment is now scheduled for Monday, September 8.

50 senators (all Democrats & independents) have pledged to support Senate Joint Resolution 19, but we are targeting Republicans and the five undecided Democrats (Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu, Joe Donnelly, Tim Kaine & Mark Warner.) On Tuesday, over 30,000 Daily Kos members who live in a state with one or more undecided senators sent a quick e-mail urging their support.

But as we learned in our net neutrality campaign, personalized messages are far more persuasive and effective than form letters—especially in the final days of the vote.

This is a big ask. It is not just clicking a couple buttons or signing your name. We need you to take five minutes from your day to write a personal email to one or both of your senators, telling them why you believe we need a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and otherwise get money out of our elections.

Will you give us a few minutes of your time and use the space below to write a personal email—in your own words—to your senator about why this issue matters?

In case you are not familiar with what is at stake, here is some background …

In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Buckley that money is “speech”—which has allowed the rich and powerful to drown out the voices of everyday people in our political system.

Citizens United in 2010 made it even worse, by declaring that corporations are “people”—which allowed the Koch Brothers to freely spend their corporate treasuries in political campaigns.

The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon case last year took it a step further by saying that wealthy donors had a right to give to an unlimited number of campaigns—from U.S. President to dog catcher.

The U.S. Senate vote on Monday will be our final opportunity before Congress adjourns for the November election—and corporate interests flood the airwaves—to put our senators on the record of where they stand on this crucial issue. That’s why we need your help today.

Please use the form below to write and send your personal story and thoughts about why money is not “speech” and corporations are not “people”—and why we must take our democracy back by passing Senate Joint Resolution 19, as a first step to amending the constitution. Original, personal emails to your senator are the most effective.


Below are a few writing prompts for you, if you need some inspiration. But please don't send exactly what we have suggested. The most important thing is that the email comes from you.

Do you feel like you have true representation in government? Are the issues that you care about—choice, environmental protections, workers’ rights—being drowned out by wealthy corporate interests who have other agendas?

Should secretive billionaires be allowed to bankroll campaigns with attack ads, which mislead and confuse voters—only to be held completely unaccountable?

Is it just to have corporate interests get special tax breaks in Congress—because elected officials fear being the targets of well-funded attack ads if they refuse to do their bidding?

Text of Senate Joint Resolution 19

Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.

Section 2. Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.

Section 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.


 

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