Dear People For Supporter,
Today, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Congress has no constitutional authority to regulate corporations' influence on elections. This extreme case of judicial activism flies in the face of the "judicial restraint" the conservative Supreme Court justices supposedly championed and overturns over 100 years of legal precedent.
PFAW has a rich history of defending Americans' free speech, but corporations are not people. They are not citizens. They do not have a right to vote and they can not be given unlimited power to influence elections. It's now up to us to stand in their way.
There is no quick fix. The Roberts Court's audacity must be met with bold action.
People For the American Way is launching a campaign to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would nullify the worst part of the Court's decision by granting Congress the authority to limit corporate influence in elections. This is not something that we take lightly. But the very foundation of our democracy could depend on our ability to overturn this decision.
Be among the first to join this national movement by signing the petition to congressional leaders now.
We support other legislative efforts in Congress to limit the impact of today's anti-democratic decision - some of which are being talked about by our allies already. But this decision is such a drastic departure from sound democratic principles that we now stand on the precipice, and more is needed.
Congress must move quickly to protect our democratic system and the voice of the people by passing this amendment. From there, we will take our campaign to the states to get the amendment ratified by two thirds of the state legislatures. As the consequences of this decision sink in, more and more Americans will be justifiably outraged. We can make this national movement to amend the Constitution a success -- with your help.
Please sign the petition now and enlist others you know for this incredibly important campaign to save democracy.
Welcome to the beginning of a movement.
Michael B. Keegan, President
P.S. Starting today, corporations can dump unlimited money into influencing elections, overpowering the voice of the voter and undermining our democracy. Even the threat of retribution from a dissatisfied business interest will cow lawmakers and influence their decisions.
We must amend the Constitution to ensure that Congress has the authority to rescue our democracy from unlimited corporate influence.