The movement against the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling continues to gain strength across the nation. Twelve states have already introduced resolutions at the state level calling on Congress to overturn the controversial decision, and there are efforts underway to make Wisconsin number thirteen.
Similar efforts are underway here in N.C. To date, fourteen municipalities have passed local resolutions saying that “Corporations are not people, and money is not speech,” including Raleigh, Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Greenville and Asheville.
North Carolina has been a pioneer in fighting the influence of money in politics, being the first state in the nation to provide a full public financing program for judicial candidates. This program, currently under fire from some members of the General Assembly, has received bipartisan support and national praise as a model for clean elections.