Partner with Us to Reverse Citizens United - Observe the 10th Anniversary on January 20, 2020

Americans overwhelmingly believe big money corrupts our democracy:

  • A 2017 Washington Post/University of Maryland poll found 96 percent of respondents blamed big money for our dysfunctional political system.
  • More recently, a Center for Public Integrity poll revealed that 75 percent of those surveyed – 66% of Republicans and 85% of Democrats – support a Constitutional amendment to overrule Citizens United v. FEC (Federal Election Commission)

Get Money Out – Maryland is part of a national movement to get that Amendment proposed and ratified. To propose via Congress, we need 290 US representatives and 67 senators. Currently, the most optimistic count is 171 representatives and 47 senators - almost totally divided along major-party lines. Another way to propose an amendment is for two-thirds of the states (34 states) to apply to Congress via resolution for an amendment-proposing convention. So far, five states have made that request. Despite the polling favorability and millions of U. S. citizens having signed petitions or more actively shown support for an amendment, the Democracy Movement is a long way from achieving its goal of the 28th Amendment.

Get Money Out – Maryland is an all-volunteer organization working for the Amendment by both methods described above.

Please co-sponsor a rally with us on January 20, 2020 – the eve of the 10th anniversary of Citizens United. Get Money Out will be hosting a major observance in Annapolis to give our movement in Maryland a big boost. At this rally, speakers will describe the negative impact of Citizens United and other related decisions on our politics – the tidal wave of dark money, SuperPACs, negative ads, and hyper-amplified lies – that has led to more economic inequality and less social solidarity. Partners will agree to invite their members and supporters and to promote their own proposed strategies. Partners will agree not to criticize another partner’s strategy.

PARTNER PLEDGE FOR THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OBSERVANCE

We recognize that an overwhelming majority of Americans, regardless of party affiliation believe that big money has too great an influence on our political process. 

We believe that representative democracy in America is in jeopardy due to:

  • Excessive corporate power;
  • Money corruption by special interests and billionaires; and
  • Numerous attempts to undermine the right of every citizen to vote.

We join with Get Money Out – Maryland to amend the U.S. Constitution to
affirm that:

  1. Congress and the states may regulate the raising and spending of money to influence elections.
  2. Constitutional political rights shall be reserved for humans (natural persons) and not artificial entities.
  3. Every citizen has the right to vote.

We wish to co-sponsor the 10th Anniversary Observance of Citizens United
on January 20, 2020. We will promote attendance at the event to our members and supporters. We will provide access to provide educational materials about threats to our democracy. We will be able to promote our own preferred strategy at the rally an in the
lobbying of State legislators. We agree not to criticize another partner’s strategy.

A monetary contribution is not required to be listed as a co-sponsor. However, if your organization can afford to make a contribution, we would greatly appreciate your financial support.

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  • Andy Ellis
    Maryland Green Party endorsed 2019-12-02 21:59:34 -0500
  • Richard Ochs
    Baltimore Peace Action endorsed 2019-11-29 01:16:52 -0500
    Representative Dutch Rupersberger told us that he needs to take donations from Northrop Grumman in his district because they are constituents and he needs the money, not for his own campaign, but to give to the Democratic Party to beat Trump. Rep. Hoyer told us a similar thing. They will not pledge to the Sunrise Movement not to take fossil fuel money. If Democrats don’t take the money and Republicans do take the money, Democrats will lose. We need a law banning all corporate donations. But calling it “public funding” can scare voters who don’t want to pay more taxes. I would call it “end private funding.” There is corporate funding, pac funding and individual funding. The first is allowed by Citizens United ruling, saying money is speech and corporations have free speech. I guess it would be even harder to deny individuals such “free speech.” PACs are a mixed bag.
  • Robert Benjamin
    Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club endorsed 2019-11-28 10:06:57 -0500
  • Sheila Ruth
    Our Revolution Maryland endorsed 2019-11-27 11:02:22 -0500
  • Max Obuszewsk
    @MaxObuszewsk tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-24 13:04:54 -0500
    I'm endorsing Get Money Out - Maryland. Please join me! https://www.getmoneyoutmd.org/partners?recruiter_id=3846924
  • Max Obuszewski
    Baltimore Nonviolence Center endorsed 2019-11-24 13:04:39 -0500
    We are pleased to join this partnership. Until we take the money out of elections, we are not a democracy.
  • Jacob Kravetz
    Don't Shop on Tuesdays endorsed 2019-11-21 10:47:09 -0500
  • Cristi Demnowicz
    Represent Maryland endorsed 2019-11-20 19:05:32 -0500
  • Sheila Ruth
    Our Revolution Maryland endorsed 2019-11-18 22:10:37 -0500
  • Jacob Wilson
    Peace Action Montgomery endorsed 2019-11-18 19:42:52 -0500
    Pls add Peace Action Montgomery as a cosponsor of this anniversary event
  • Jared Schablein
    @Wicomico_Jared tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-16 23:50:17 -0500
    The Lower Shore Progressive Caucus is proud to once again endorse the efforts to Get Money Out - Maryland. http://www.getmoneyoutmd.org/partners?recruiter_id=3844870
  • Jared Schablein
    Lower Shore Progressive Caucus endorsed 2019-11-16 23:37:54 -0500
  • Mike Tidwell
    Chesapeake Climate Action Network endorsed 2019-11-12 11:14:47 -0500
    Let’s win!
  • Delman Coates
    endorsed 2019-11-11 16:33:35 -0500
  • Iris Zhan
    Sunrise Howard County endorsed 2019-11-08 17:46:48 -0500
  • Martin Wulfe
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