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."