Spokesperson David Cobb will appear at the ILA Hall (1142 Morrison Dr.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to discuss the movement to overturn a recent Supreme Court ruling that Move to Amend says unfairly affects U.S. elections.
An attorney originally from Texas, Cobb is national projects director of Democracy Unlimited.
There is no charge to attend the event, but donations will be accepted.
A 2010 decision in the case of Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission now allows corporations, non-profit groups and unions to engage in political activities previously prohibited. Specifically, such organizations can now produce broadcast advertisements against or for a candidate.
The ruling allows unfair influence upon elected officials by groups that can afford such campaigns, however, says Move to Amend and its supporters. As a result, elected officials could become more responsive to companies and special interest groups instead of citizens, who are financially incapable of producing the same types of advertisements.
Seeking a constitutional amendment that will overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on that case, the goal of Move to Amend is “to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”
Voters across the country indicated their support for this movement on Election Day last month. Ballots in over 150 cities contained measures for only human beings – not corporations, PACs or unions – to have constitutional rights. The measures were approved by outstanding majorities in each location.
Move to Amend has over 150 affiliate groups in the U.S.