Activists across the political spectrum are mobilizing for a day of action on Tuesday to mark the 4th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision. Saturday, activists and organizers from Occupy Wall Street descended into lower Manhattan to retake Zuccotti Park in what organizers are hoping will inspire a national day of protest to mark the passage of the decision, which opened the floodgates for corporate money to dominate American elections.
Seen as an affront to political equality and basic democracy, Citizen’s United has served as a flash point for popular rage in recent years, igniting passions throughout the political spectrum over the nature, role and effect of corporate money on the political process. Occupy, which has maintained widespread, albeit diminished presence throughout the nation since it’s 2011 launch. Since the 2010 SCOTUS decision which opened the door for superPAC groups and dark money to run roughshod over honest democracy, numerous groups and large swaths of the public have rallied around the cause of campaign finance reform, in an effort to address the growing corporate influence in government.
As the nation marks the 4th anniversary of the decision, many are already reexamining the 2012 campaign season which was America’s most expensive election cycle in history. With the Supreme Court presently considering arguments in the case of McCutcheon v. FEC, a case which could result in the elimination of individual donation limits for wealthy political donors, 2014 could prove to be a pivotal year in the fight to restore equality in regards to political speech.
Watch a report about the protest in the video below: