June 14, 2012
Across the nation, concerned citizens of all political stripes are mobilizing in support of an action to
nullify the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. U.S. Election Commission.
This court case resulted in granting corporations and unions the right, under the guise of the First
Amendment freedom of speech, to provide unlimited, anonymous funds to political campaigns. Much
of this money is currently being used to buy partisan political ads through the broadcast media.
As a result the nation’s media have been inundated with huge amounts of cash, in effect
drowning out opposing points of view, a dire threat to our very existence as a democracy.
In a number of states, counties, and municipalities, resolutions have been introduced to garner
support for a constitutional remedy that would overturn the Citizens United decision.
Members of MoveOn, the Sullivan County, N.Y. affiliate of a national grassroots organization is
introducing a draft resolution to the Sullivan County Legislature at its next public session on Thursday,
June 21, 2:00 P.M. in the County Administration building in Monticello. The group is hoping that a
large public turnout will help convince legislators of the urgent need to adopt a overturn resolution in
order to restore democracy to the elective process. “We’re at a critical crossroads, and a strong
affirmation of our determination can turn back the threat of an undemocratic takeover of our public
institutions,” , Sullivan County, NY, MoveOn.