|NEWS RELEASE FROM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 17, 2013
Contact: Kate Planco Waybright, 301-404-8761
(See her Rally Statement following the release below)
Photos and more at ProgressiveMaryland.org & getmoneyoutmd.org
'Money Out... Voters In!' Rally Held in Annapolis to Amend Constitution,
Overturn Citizens United on 3rd Anniversary of Disastrous Court Ruling
State, federal lawmakers join groups urging amending the Constitution to
end 'corporate personhood,' get money and corruption out, democracy in
Annapolis, MD Jan. 17, 2013 - Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3) and seven members of the Maryland General Assembly today spoke to a rally of 80 election reform activists outside the State House in Annapolis. The alliance of grassroots groups demanded a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United ruling that opened the floodgates for unlimited corporate spending in elections.
"Hard working Maryland families deserve a government that works for all of us, not just those who can write big checks. It's time to end the corrupting influence of corporate money on our elections," said Kate Planco Waybright, Interim Executive Director of Progressive Maryland, one of a dozen grassroots sponsors of the rally at Lawyer's Mall. "Doing so will make sure that everyday Marylanders, not big money interests, have the greater voice in Annapolis and on Capitol Hill."
Lawmakers speaking at the rally included: Congressman Sarbanes, State Senators Roger Manno (D-19), Karen Montgomery (D-14), Jamie Raskin (D-20), and James Rosapepe (D-21), plus Delegates Jon Cardin (D-11), Kirill Reznik (D-39), and Michael Summers (D-47). Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8) expressed his support through a representative and apologized for being unable to attend.
According to the organizers, on record as supporting such an amendment thus far are: 125 members of Congress, 1 President, 108 members of the Maryland General Assembly, 10 other states, 350 cities and towns - including 5 cities and one county in Maryland thus far - and a clear majority of the public.
The event also featured dramatic street theater and humorous slogans as well as cartoonish characters representing a walking corporation and a beleaguered billionaire.
"Democracy in our nation is in grave peril from the threat of massive amounts of secret money in politics," said Planco Waybright. "We are sending a powerful message that money is not speech and corporations are not people."
Find more information, photos and video at ProgressiveMaryland.org and getmoneyoutmd.org
SPONSORS (to date): Progressive Maryland, Public Citizen, Maryland Public Interest Research Group, Common Cause Maryland, Get Money Out - Maryland, Maryland United for Peace and Justice, Progressive Democrats of America – Maryland, Fund Our Communities, Prince George's Peace & Justice Coalition, Peace Action Montgomery, Generations for Peace and Democracy, Progressive Cheverly, and Howard County Peace Action.
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Rally Statement of Kate Planco Waybright, representing Progressive Maryland
My name is Kate Planco Waybright and I'm here representing Progressive Maryland.
Progressive Maryland is made up of 23K members and supporters statewide and over 35 community, labor and religious groups.
I can tell you one thing, there is very little that fires Progressive Maryland up more than the opportunity to get big corporate money out of our elections.
We reject the notion of corporate personhood and call for an amendment to overturn Citizen's United.
Hard working Maryland families deserve a government that works for all of us, not just those who can write big checks.
It's time to end the corrupting influence of corporate money on our elections.
Doing so will make sure that everyday Marylanders, not big money interests, have strong voices in Annapolis and on Capitol Hill.
You can count on Progressive Maryland to continue building the grassroots supportive we need to win on this.###