MOVE TO AMEND: CLEVELAND HTS VOTERS TO DECIDE IF CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE

Cleveland Heights voters are part of a growing trend in cities across the United States:  They’re questioning the wisdom of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision allowing unions, SuperPACs and corporations unlimited spending in political campaigns.

Some voters question the logic, perhaps even the sanity, of the Court’s decision that the above groups’ financial contributions—their dollars–are free speech and entitled to the privacy and protection awarded flesh and blood citizens by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

This November Cleveland Heights voters will vote on a citizen initiative that seeks a Constitutional amendment to reverse the Court’s decision.

If the initiative is approved, the City of Cleveland Heights will hold an annual public hearing to examine the impact of big money in politics on our democratic form of government.

The council clerk will then summarize the results of the meeting and send it to federal and state representatives along with a reminder that city voters voted in favor of a Constitutional Amendment to reverse the 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court.

“We all know that the doctrine of money as protected free speech has corrupted our national politics,” said Carla Rautenberg, Cleveland Heights Move to Amend member.  “So this issue is vital at the local, state and federal levels of government.”

Greg Coleridge, coordinator of the Ohio Move to Amend network, said, “It’s critical that our elected officials hear directly from We the People in Cleveland Heights that corporate rule and influence due to political money from a wealthy few must end.”

We the People in Mentor have an opportunity to send that message to our own elected officials.  If you share Cleveland Heights’s skepticism and don’t believe that money equals speech and that corporations are people, consider signing the Mentor Move to Amend (MMTA) petition, part of a nationwide movement in US cities to restore financial accountability and transparency in our electoral process.

The goal of the initiative petition is to put the questions of corporate personhood and unregulated political contributions on the November 4, 2014 ballot for the citizens of Mentor to decide their legality.

You can ask MMTA volunteers questions and sign the petition at Mentor Public Library, main branch parking lot, Saturdays from 10AM to 4PM; at MPL Read House, Wednesdays, 6-8PM and at the MMTA table at Mentor CityFest, August 23 and 24.  

Only voters registered in the State of Ohio and living in one of Mentor’s political wards may sign the petition.

If you are interested in joining Mentor Move to Amend, contact Dave Lima at 255-4516 or email him at dlima@sbcglobal.ne

Source:  Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 07, 2013

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