About 100 In Minn. Protest Campaign Finance Ruling

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 100 people demonstrated outside the federal courthouse in Minneapolis on Friday, rallying against the landmark Supreme Court ruling that opened the door for corporations and labor unions to pour more money into politics.

The protest was one of several planned around the country to criticize the Citizens United decision. Several speakers took a stand against the nearly 2-year-old ruling, and the demonstration was interspersed with street theater and chants of “corporations are not people.” One skit included a person impersonating Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts performing a marriage ceremony between a person and a corporation.

Sen. John Marty, D-Roseville, said before speaking at the event that he’s still stunned by the influence of money on politics, even after a long career in elected office.

“If somebody’s going to own our political system, it ought to be the people,” Marty said. “It ought to be funded with public money in small individual contributions if they want, but no PAC money, no lobbyist money, no soft money, no super PAC money, no corporate money.”

The event was sponsored by Move to Amend, a group trying to gather support for a Constitutional amendment that would undo the Citizens United ruling. Volunteers with clipboards circulated in the crowd, gathering petition signatures. The event also attracted support from the Occupy Minneapolis and Occupy St. Paul movements.

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  • Center of Left and Right

    This is completely misleading, unions always could contribute to political campaigns. If this group supports pulling both from being able to do that, I say it is about time. We do not need corporations nor unions buying our politicians.

    • Ron Paul 2012

      You need to read the ruling and the consequences of said ruling. What you are talking about is just a smidge of the pie. The door is now wide open for corrupt means of distirbution. SuperPAC style.

      • llp

        we got the best politicians that money can buy

  • stung4ever

    While I believe we do need to get money out of the political process, it needs to be done in a Constitutional way.

    The Citizens United ruling was no different that saying that the police can’t raid Corporation or Union offices whenever they feel like it.

    Just because a group of people band together doesn’t mean they lose their Constitutional rights.

  • Libby

    What’s the difference between a pizza and a typical occupy protester?

    The pizza is actually able to feed a family of 4

    • llp

      and a protester gets the corporate leftovers

    • Ron Paul 2012

      Though I haven’t protested as much as I would like, I can prove to you that I net $217,848/year. Plenty to feed mine and yours. I just finished up my 2010 taxes. Wanna see funny girl. Hahuh, huh…huh.

      • Libby

        I don’t believe you of course but its interesting to find a Paul-bot offering to release his tax records, now get your kooky leader to do the same.

        Or better yet, lets see his mental health records.

        • tBoonpickens

          Do you pay in any Federal income taxes? If yes lets us know who is your great canadate/political party. If no, then we already know…

        • Ron Paul 2012

          Ha ha. You are a fighter, aren’t you. If you had a brain cell, you’d realize that my guys income is up for your review whenever you wish. He’s a sitting congressman. But oh…thats not enough for you. His investments include ONLY gold mining stocks. No corporations or U.S bonds. His house is worth about 300,000. Ron’s an open book and the only one not to be embarrassed by his small balances. He is worth between 1-2 million but he’s over 70 so he’s a good saver. Duh. Got it sweet-art?

        • Cindy

          I think Libby is a “doferme” persom…. what is everyone else and the government going to “do for me”…?

          • Libby

            Look at all the Paul-bots pile on one after another.

            Its either the same person or a cult of wackos that travel around comment boards at the behest of their deranged leader “crazy uncle Ron”.

            Next they will explain to us how 9/11 was an inside job, just watch and be amused

            • Ron Paul 2012

              Oh Libby, go have order a pizza. I’ll pick up the tab.

  • lil'red

    Public government unions should never be allowed to give money to elect politicians that will then determine what these union people will get in the way of pay, contracts and pensions.
    This is what public governemtn unions call “workers rights”.
    Also this “money” is all from tax payer money given to these unions.. through the union dues process. There should be huge protest to stop this huge tax payor and common man rip off by these government public unions.

  • Peggy Bundy

    “Beat on the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat with a baseball bat bat oh yeah….”

  • Kevin

    OKS!!! Occupy Kevins Street! Bring them on over! Please bring jamison whiskey, tater tots, some green jello, and duct tape! Oh and if you could, please have the women protesters bring all their diry clothes! Me and the gal’s will have a “wear no clothes” protest against Tide laundry detergent! Nipples north girls….nipples north…..

  • llp

    politicians do not care about you only their pension for life for doing nothing.

  • Balanced Beam

    These guys are really saying they just like the corporations that already control the airwaves and print, and they don’t want other viewpoints to have an opportunity to deliver a message.

    • llp


  • See BS

    According to WCCO, Lawyers gave 38 Million dollars in 2008, and Entertainment tonight just said Hollywood gave 40 million to the DNC in 2008.

    So Hollywood and Lawyers can give all the money they want — but everyone else has to play by the rules.

    Only mass media corporations are allowed to have free speech. — it’s called “Fascism”

  • G Dog

    Where are the job creators? Ten years of Bush tax cuts and you have to ask yourself:

    Are they creating jobs or buying a couple more Mercedes and a vacation home in Aruba?

    • Burt

      They are where ever they want you envious twit.

  • George

    Campaign Finance “Reform” is nothing but censorship.

    Spending money, taking out ads, campaign contributes…ARE free speech.

    All ideas should be heard regardless of the source. Any attempt to stop ideas, regardless of their source, should be brutally repulsed.

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