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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Please Sign This Letter to the Court.

From Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-8):

Unlike you and me, corporations don't eat, drink, get married, vote, or bathe. And they never sleep. Which is why they have already launched another attack on our democracy, due to hit ground zero tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27, at 9:30 a.m.

Last week, it was the Citizens United case. That case not only permits unlimited campaign spending by huge multinational corporations, but it also says that any law to curb such spending is a violation of those corporations' "constitutional rights."

Now, it's the SpeechNow case. This new case would extend the newfound "rights" of multinational corporations to billionaires. Yes, the SpeechNow case would give billionaires the "constitutional right" to pollute political campaigns to any degree that they see fit.

We have to fight back. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear "arguments" on the SpeechNow case at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow in Washington.

Let's show them what "freedom of speech" really means. We'll speak and, for a change, they'll listen.

Click here to send a message to the court and show your support for real free speech!

You can also call the clerk's office at 202-216-7300.

Over 90,000 of us have signed the petition at SaveDemocracy.net. Please -- PLEASE -- ask your friends to sign up, and keep watching for ways that we can save democracy.


Alan Grayson
Member of Congress

When I filled out the information, I also included a personal letter to the court and here it is:
Corporations such as Enron and Halliburton helped install George W. Bush, the worst "president" in the history of the union, in the White House. The SCOTUS's decision last week only opened the floodgates and any unqualified rube can now get in public office simply by having piles of money shoved into his campaign.

It also opens the floodgates for multinational corporations who merely have papers of incorporation filed in Delaware, for instance, to influence elections and spew propaganda that could easily sway hearts and minds of voters.

Look at what well-monied propaganda was able to do in CA with Proposition 8. Law-abiding, taxpaying US citizens are now no longer able to marry within their own gender.

The fact that Republicans are already licking their chops and rubbing their hands at the prospect of accepting billions in legalized bribes alone should send a warning signal.

The SCOTUS's ruling was blatantly activist, ideological in basis and quite possibly even illegal. We need to pass Congressman Grayson's six bills to help counter this highly subversive ruling.

A single person such as Congressman Grayson should still be able to make a difference, not a single corporation, conglomerate or cartel.
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