On August 10, a group of campaign reform and anti-corporate activists gathered at Sen. Wyden's office near Lloyd Center to protest the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision. The ruling grants personhood to corporations, allowing them to funnel their vast wealth directly into the campaign coffers of political candidates.
For decades, multinational corporations have controlled Washington, D.C., effectively purchasing the support of elected officials. These officials have never hesitated to protect the corporate interests responsible for environmental destruction, exploitative globalization, and the economic hardships of small business owners in their Congressional constituencies. Previously, these campaign donations were regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), necessitating a smoke-screen system of money laundering (i.e. industry lobbying groups, etc) to facilitate this corruption. Under the recent Supreme Court ruling, however, these corporate interests have been afforded the same First Amendment rights as individuals, providing America's wealthiest companies with more opportunities to buy influence in Washington and further disenfranchise the vast majority of the population.
If there is one thing that corporations do not need or deserve, it is more sway on Capitol Hill, which is precisely the message that the group of activists gathered at Sen. Wyden's office on Tuesday came to deliver. In the aftermath of the Court's ruling, petitions have been circulating to demonstrate widespread opposition to the new law, and these petitions were delivered to the Senator's office during the protest. Organizers estimated approximately 60 supporters in attendance. To help fight the blatant erosion of democracy and stand up against our corrupt legislative system, visit http://fightwashingtoncorruption.com/. You can also voice your opposition to this ruling by contacting Sen. Wyden's office at (503) 326-7525.