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Two-Year Anniversary of Citizens United Sparks Repeal Campaign

January 17, 2012
The two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United case is approaching and government watchdog group Common Cause is marking it by launching Amend 2012, an effort to pass a constitutional amendment that would makes clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech.

Organizers are working to get the issue on the November ballot in as many states as possible as a "voter instruction" measure, relaying to lawmakers people's frustration with the state of campaign finance. They believe the solution will not come from within Washington and are instead trying to stir a grassroots movement.

"All of this is making a mockery of our campaign laws and contribution limits and is undermining our democracy," Common Cause board chairman Robert Reich said in a conference call with reporters.

Common Cause is also releasing a call-to-action video tomorrow on the Amend 2012 website. And despite the movement's name, Reich said advocates are not going to give up on the constitutional amendment when 2013 rolls around, especially because the influence of super PACs is only growing.

"We're under no illusion here," Reich said. "The fight is going to take a very long time to win."

Bob Edgar, the president of Common Cause, said that as people witness how Super PACs are affecting the Republican presidential primary season, "they're understanding this is a very dangerous moment."

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