Resolution on Corporate Political Expenditures

WHEREAS the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission equated corporations with people and money with speech, and allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts to influence candidate selection, elections, and policy decisions, thereby effectively drowning out the protected free speech of the People in our diverse society and threatening the very foundation of our democracy, and

WHEREAS profit-seeking corporations exist per their own charters to conduct business and not politics, are not citizens or even natural persons with inalienable rights but are creations of law with only the purposes, rights and other characteristics granted to them by law, and are subject to foreign influence as a result of foreign regulation, securities ownership or business dealings, and

WHEREAS the United States Constitution provides a process for its amendment, empowers Congress to regulate entities engaged in interstate or international commerce, gives states the right to govern their elections, and allows states wider latitude in regulating individuals and entities which are not citizens than in regulating citizens,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party supports a Constitutional Amendment and or legislative actions, both national and state, declaring that the expenditure of corporate money to influence political and electoral processes is no longer constitutionally protected speech, and regulating it is in the public interest, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party will forward this resolution to the California Democratic Party, California Democratic Congressional Delegation, the Democratic members of the California Legislature, the Governor of California, the President of the United States.

Submitted by Bob Gerecke, Democratic Club of Claremont, 59th Assembly District

Passed by LACDP Resolution Committee 2/6/12

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