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Resolution would ask U.S. Congress to overturn Supreme Court ruling

Staff writer Rosella Age reports that at a press conference Wednesday, Rep. Verla Insko, a Democrat representing Orange County, promoted a resolution that calls on the U.S. Congress to overturn a Supreme Court ruling.

The 2010 ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Committee basically allows corporations to be treated as people with the same rights to free speech and thus allowed to spend unlimited amounts in support or against political candidates.

"Citizens United threatens the heart of our democracy. Our government is supposed to be one of the people, by the people, and for the people," said NC AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer MaryBe McMillan. "The idea that a corporation will have the same rights as you and me is absurd. The notion that there is a level playing field in terms of campaign contributions is equally ridiculous."

Twenty men and women stood behind Rep. Insko supporting the resolution, sporting stickers that read "Citizens United" with a red slash through it.

The resolution, House Bill 1201, passed its first reading and has remained in the House Rules Committee since May 31.

"This is a place to start," Insko said. "Overturning Citizens United and then getting big money out of elections."


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Hear hear

All contributions should be limited

The recent decision in Citizens United v FEC is just the last straw in a series of bad decisions going back to Buckly v Valeo, which allowed wealthy individuals to fund their own campaigns.


Anyone who thinks this is a partisan issue should keep in mind that John McCain himself called the decision "naive" among some other nastier language.

Citizens United

This is sad.

Claiming that "the idea that a corporation will have the same rights as you and me is absurd" is to claim that the idea of groups speaking as one in an effort to petition their representative government is absurd.

Corporations are nothing more than individuals exercising their right to freely assemble and to freely speak.

Which of these two fundamental rights does Rep. Verla Insko, a Democrat representing Orange County, suggest we abridge? Speech or assembly?

Is it any wonder that so many think Democrats are unAmerican?

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