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March 7, 2014

Buffalo Becomes Iowa’s Second City to Pass a Resolution Calling on Congress to Reject Citizens United

Statement of Aquene Freechild, Senior Organizer, Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign

Note: For more information about the movement for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, visit www.DemocracyIsForPeople.org.

Momentum to free elections from the influence corporate and other moneyed interests is growing in Iowa. On March 3, Buffalo became the second city in Iowa – the first in Scott County – to pass a resolution asking Congress to push for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The citizen-led resolution was introduced by a Council member and passed by unanimous consent.

In February, the Dubuque City Council kick-started the movement in Iowa to give democracy back to the people by becoming the first Iowa city to pass a similar resolution. The resolutions call for an amendment to overturn Citizens United, which gave corporations and other groups the green light to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections – drowning out the voices of everyday Americans.

Activists in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Ames and other cities are keeping the energy moving by preparing and introducing resolutions before their town councils. Nearly 500 communities across the country have passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment. We applaud Iowa’s efforts to add more cities to the map.

The call to overturn Citizens United is broadly popular among the public in poll after poll, showing that no matter which party citizens identify with, Americans simply want their voices to be heard by lawmakers. Eight in 10 Americans say they oppose the Citizens United decision; it’s only a matter of time before public opinion becomes visible and powerful enough that a majority of Congress is moved to follow it.

The council resolutions being passed in Iowa and around the nation recognize that if we are serious about saving our democracy, we must amend the Constitution to restore the right to limit spending in elections. Citizens in Iowa have been agitating for the Iowa Legislature to pass a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.

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