Delaware Is 15th State to Seek Overrule of Citizens United

Cross-posted from Yes! Magazine

By James Trimarco

Eight in ten Americans oppose the Supreme Court ruling, which allows unlimited corporate spending on U.S. elections. Delaware is the latest state to demand that Congress step in and overturn it.

 
A protest about Citizens United in Spokane, Wash.

A protest about Citizens United in Spokane, Wash. Photo by Public Citizen.

 

 

Delaware became the 15th yesterday in a chorus of states that are calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which allows unlimited spending on elections by corporations, unions, and other groups. The case also represents an expansion of prior rulings that have reasoned that corporations are people and that corporate election spending qualifies as protected speech under the First Amendment.

The 15 states that have issued resolutions or letters constitute nearly 80 million people, or just over a quarter of the U.S. population.

An increasing number of legislators, activists, and ordinary Americans believe the decision is so harmful that they