We’re calling on corporations to stick to their business and stay out of elections.
Anger at corporations is spilling — literally — into the streets.
Big businesses are no longer content to wield their considerable influence only through lobbyists. Now they want to use their profits to directly elect and defeat political candidates, and thanks to Citizens United, there’s nothing to stop them.
We believe that elections should be decided by “we, the people,” not “they, the corporations.” That’s why we’re launching a major campaign calling on publicly traded companies not to spend their profits on politics in the 2012 elections. Their ability to spend huge amounts of money drowns out the rest of our voices.
We need your help to determine where to start. Vote today and tell us who is #1 on your “worst of the worst” list.
Will you vote for Bank of America, which is under investigation for its role in the mortgage collapse and which gave $14 million to PACs (political action committees)? Or will Comcast, a company that pays big bucks to the American Legislative Exchange Council for the privilege of sitting side-by-side with state legislators to draft bills to protect its media monopoly, be your top choice?
See who else made our list and submit your vote today. Think we missed someone? There is even a write-in ballot! (Just in case you’re wondering why Koch Industries isn’t on our list: We’re focusing on publicly traded companies, and Koch is private. But don’t worry — we’re keeping the pressure on the Kochs in other ways!)
It’s time for corporations to get out of the business of electing our leaders. Please vote today, and stay tuned for more ways you can help take back our democracy.
and the rest of the team at Common Cause