PETITION: Reverse Citizens United


In an email sent out yesterday, Sen. Al Franken (MN) urged everyone to support his effort to roll back Citizens United – the Supreme Court precedent that granted corporations personhood (for all intents and purposes). Here’s what he had to say:

Dear Tim,
You don’t need me to tell you how much damage Citizens United has caused in the three years since the decision came down. You just need to turn on a TV.
Corporate-backed special interests own the airwaves come election time — and, all too often, they own our elections, too.
We could mark the three-year anniversary of Citizens United by crying in our grape soda. Or we could mark it by fighting back.

Make no mistake: Progressives can still win big fights, even three years after Citizens United.
But the longer we let this decision stand, the harder it’s going to be. The more influence these corporate special interests have over our elections, the more influence they’ll have over our government — and the harder it will be for us to enact reform.
It’s a vicious cycle. And that’s why now is such an important moment for action.

There’s nothing nice to say about Citizens United. And there’s nothing to celebrate on its anniversary. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do something to mark the occasion. Let’s commit to undoing the effects of Citizens United — and let’s restore our democracy.

P.S.: A billion dollars is a lot of money. But grassroots energy can beat a billion dollars. Click here to sign my petition to undo the effects of Citizens United.
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he’s dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging – he’s been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In addition to writing Tim has frequently worked and volunteered as a civil rights advocate including on campus LGBT advocacy as well as interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division.