“Citizens United” is a 2010 US Supreme Court decision holding that significant parts of the 2002 McCain/Feingold campaign reform bill were unconstitutional. The case is probably most famous for determining that a corporation is a ‘person’ as referenced in the First Amendment and therefore possesses the right of free speech.
The decision also doubled down on the premise that money equals free speech – an idea established in the 1976 decision, Buckley v Valeo. Looking at all the particulars given in the majority opinion for Citizens United, subsequent court decisions have begun a startling process of unraveling any and all efforts of the people to make their campaigns open, fair and free.
We at NJOCU are troubled by this in the extreme. We see that the influence of money on the election process as corruptive. We speak not of quid-pro-quo, but of endemic corruption, that alters not just the way we elect our representatives by how they then govern – or in many cases, how they fail to govern.
New Jersey for the Overturn of Citizens United is an alliance of committed individuals and groups. We are working to get money out of politics to whatever extent is possible. While any member, member group or endorser may hold specific partisan views on specific political issues, the alliance and the cause is nonpartisan. We are expanding our alliance across the political spectrum in New Jersey. Please contact us if you or your group is interested in joining in our campaign.
Corporations are not people and money is not free speech.