Saying "the justices were in error," Democratic state lawmakers will introduce House and Senate resolutions Thursday to express opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United.
The ruling established that corporations and unions could make unlimited independent campaign expenditures. Critics are seeking a federal constitutional amendment to declare that such donations are not free speech, as the court found.
Rep. Verla Insko, a Chapel Hill Democrat and lead sponsor of HR 1201, said the ruling is a "true threat to democracy." With the resolution, North Carolina joins more than two dozen other states to consider legislation or resolutions opposing the Citizens United decision.