Today, the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Vermont lawmakers and activists are holding a press conference in support of a state resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling and challenge the notion of corporate personhood.
The Citizens United decision allowed corporations to spend unlimited sums from their treasuries to influence elections and opened the floodgates to corporate cash. In the 2010 election cycle, the first since the Supreme Court decision, outside groups spent nearly $300 million nationwide.
The press conference is part of a nationwide week of action calling for an end to the Citizens United decision. From Vermont to California, events are planned to highlight the need for the federal government to enact meaningful campaign finance reform.