Friday, April 13, 2012

Vermont Passes Landmark Resolution Calling for Constitutional Amendment to End Corporate Personhood


A demonstration calling for the overturn of Citizens United in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on February 23. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
In what I hope is the first of many, the Vermont State Senate voted 26-3 to call for a constitutional amendment to make it clear that corporations are not people.
The measure, spearheaded by State Senator Virgina Lyons (D) in conjuction with Move to Amend was supported in a bipartisen fashion.
Aquene Freechild, the senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign says, “Support for the resolution cut across party lines. Six towns in Republican districts and 13 cities and towns that have sent both Democrats and Republicans to the state Legislature voted for the resolution by wide margins.  This bipartisan opposition to the Citizens United ruling mirrors several nationwide polls on the issue.”