Get Big Money Out of Politics
Our democracy should give each of us a voice — and government should look out for all of us. But unlimited campaign spending allows corporations and the richest Americans to rig the system in their own favor and against the average voter.
Things are this way since the Supreme Court decided, in the Citizens United case, that corporations are people, and that they and the wealthy can spend as much as they want on elections. That’s just wrong. Corporations are not people, and they shouldn’t get to buy our democracy.
The Koch Brothers to spend nearly $900 million in the 2016 election.
In January 2015, Charles and David Koch’s network announced their plans to spend $889 million in the 2016 election, an unparalleled effort to influence what is already shaping up to be the most expensive election in United States history. This level of giving sets the Koch brothers on par with the entirety of the Republican and Democratic national parties, in terms of the financial scale of their operation. Unlike the parties however, the Koch network is mostly comprised of a constellation of nonprofit organizations not required to reveal their donors, making it virtually impossible to know where the money actually comes from.
One person, one vote.
Our democracy should give each of us a voice — and government should look out for all of us. But it doesn’t work that way. Instead, unlimited campaign spending allows corporations and the richest Americans to rig the system in their own favor and against the average voter.
When the Citizens United case declared that corporations are people, and that they and the wealthy can spend as much as they want on elections, things got a lot worse.
It's up to us to restore our democracy's integrity.
It’s clear that, at the point, the only way to get big money out of politics is to amend the constitution to overturn Citizens United. Fair Share supports a constitutional amendment to do just that.
Across the country we are working to give all Americans a voice in our democracy.
In the fall of 2012, Fair Share worked with CoPIRG to qualify and pass Amendment 65 in Colorado. Amendment 65 instructs Colorado’s congressional delegation to support a constitutional amendment that would end unlimited campaign contributions and declare that corporations are not people.
Fair Share organizers collected the lion’s share of the 182,000 signatures to qualify Amendment 65 for the ballot. Next we spoke to hundreds of thousands of Coloradans about the need to vote “Yes,” and distributed hundreds of thousands of leaflets about Citizens United in Colorado and across the county. Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 65 by a vote of 74 percent to 26 percent.
Colorado was the tenth state to pass a resolution demanding an end to unlimited corporate money in politics, along with over 500 of cities, towns and counties.