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The City of Syracuse Moves To Amend

In common council, Money In Politics, resolution, syracuse on June 22, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Syracuse based “Move To Amend of Syracuse & CNY” has succeeded in lobbying the Syracuse Common Council to pass a resolution in favor of overturning ‘Citizens United’.  The ‘Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling established artificial legal entities to be entitled to the same rights and protections as natural persons, and has led to much abuse in public elections campaign financing.

The title of the resolution is:
“Resolution of the Common Council to the Governor of the State of New York, the New York State Assembly, the New York State Senate, and the United States Congress in Support of the Passage of a Constitutional Amendment to Prevent the Corruption of Money in Politics by Overturning the Supreme Court’s Decision in ‘Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission’ and Related Cases.”

“BE IT RESOLVED, that this Common Council of the City of Syracuse, New York supports an amendment to the United States Constitution to establish that (1) artificial legal entities are not entitled to the same rights and protections as natural persons under the Constitution; and (2) spending money to influence elections is not ‘free speech’ as defined under the First Amendment, assuring the power of federal, state and local governments to limit, regulate, and require disclosure of all the sources of all money spent to influence elections….”

This is the core statement of the resolution passed today by the Syracuse Common Council by a 9 – 1 vote. Portions of the resolution as submitted by Move To Amend were rewritten by the city’s Department of Law, but the resolution was not weakened and remains true to the original intent and spirit. Syracuse now joins 654 other municipalities in this call to overturn the court-created doctrines of “corporate personhood” and “money as speech,” which stand behind billions of dollars of corporate ads influencing our elections as well as myriad social ills created by the extension of constitutional rights to corporations.

In addition to petitions signed by 1,107 Syracuse residents, councilors received letters and phone calls of support from the Greater Syracuse Labor Council, individual labor union locals, and the Alliance of Retired Americans. About a dozen local Move To Amend committed activists also received important assistance from the Syracuse Peace Council, The DREAM Freedom Revival, the national Move To Amend Coalition (, and Public Citizen’s national ‘Democracy is For People’ campaign.


INDY MEDIA CNY RECOMMENDS: Greenhouse: Updated for the 114th Congress

In Digital ACtivism, Money In Politics, Move To Amend on March 18, 2015 at 8:03 am

The Greenhouse browser plug-in has been updated for the 114th Congress – 75 freshman members were added in time for their first day in office. Greenhouse is a free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox that exposes the role money plays in Congress and highlights key election races. Displays on any web page detailed campaign contribution data for every Senator and Representative, including total amount received and breakdown by industry and by size of donation. Puts vital data where it’s most relevant so you can discover the real impact of money on our political system.


To install please visit: For current Greenhouse users on Chrome and Safari, Greenhouse should update automatically. You can test whether you have the update installed by checking if Ruben Gallego’s name is highlighted in this article. If not, and for Firefox users, please follow the manual update instructions in the FAQ here.

Greenhouse has seen a resurgence in popularity over the recent months, here are a few links that highlight the past few months. The first one is a 5-minute talk at an event called Ignite Seattle, about how the Federal Election Commission can and should be taking simple steps to make their campaign contribution data more accessible to the average citizen. Watch it here. The second is an interview with ex-Governor Jesse Ventura, about discuss tech, politics, and Greenhouse, which can be watched here.