Today, the New York City Council passed a resolution supporting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that declares that corporations are not people. New York joins the second largest city in the country, Los Angeles, which passed a similar resolution last month. Together the two cities represent 12 million Americans.
The move represents an emerging uprising against the undue influence of American politics by well-financed interests, and a rejection of the Supreme Court’s rulings on campaign financing and political spending.
United Republic has launched a national effort to pass similar resolutions all across the country.
“Yesterday, Iowa provided an early snapshot of our money-drenched political system. Today, New York City helped lay the ground work for reform of that system,” United Republic CEO Josh Silver said.
“Our elections have become auctions, and the American people from the left to the right are disgusted and rising up in new and creative ways. The New York resolution, like the one in LA, is part of a quickly-growing national movement to attack the problem head-on. It’s a movement that will prove that powerful lobbyists and their sympathizers on the Supreme Court are on the wrong side of democracy, and of history.
“We at United Republic, along with and our allies, will be working hard to pass hundreds of similar resolutions in cities and towns across the nation in the coming year. This is the beginning of a new and powerful era of reform.”