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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

Money Out. People In.

We at Ethical Markets support this campaign to reform US politics. – Hazel Henderson, Editor

Our best wishes go out to those in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. While the East Coast navigates this devastating time, let’s work together to get out the vote.


Money out. People in.

That’s the core message of unPAC and the movement to restore our democracy. We’ve spent the last six months working to get money out; now it’s time to ensure that we put people back in. If we are going to demand that our elected officials pass real reforms, we need to get out and vote on Election Day.

Getting big money out of politics is a nonpartisan issue – no one is innocent in this fight. But we need elected officials we can work with. Two things need to happen for us to ensure a future where democracy is restored – everyone needs to get out and vote and we need to vote for candidates who will be responsive to our demand to get big money out of our elections.

That’s why we’re using a Facebook app called Vote With Friends, which allows you to pledge to vote and, most importantly, to encourage your friends to do the same.

It’s easy to use – just join unPAC?s ?voting bloc? on Vote With Friends, pledge to vote and then invite your friends on Facebook to make sure they vote, too.

It can be easy to get frustrated with the current system and feel like the Goliaths we’re fighting are just too powerful. But at the heart of this movement is the belief that our democracy is a truly great system – and we must restore it by fighting to reduce the corrupting influence of money.

Voting is a fundamentally patriotic act, and the best way to make sure everyone makes it to the polls is to reach out to your friends and family directly. On Tuesday, Vote With Friends will help you to keep track of who has voted and allow you to send reminders to those who haven’t.

Sign up for Vote With Friends on Facebook and reach out to your friends on Election Day to confirm they?ve voted.

Let’s turn out on Tuesday and show politicians that we?ll be a force to reckon with if they don’t restore our democracy over the coming session of Congress.

Thanks,

Matt and the unPAC team

P.S. Our friends at United Republic are hosting an Election Day action to Get Money Out. If you sign up here as a “Founder” of their new campaign, you’ll be automatically directed to a page where you can download the Election Day Action Kit.

P.P.S. For information on where to vote and what to bring with you to the polls, visit Rock the Vote.

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