Jan. 20, 2015
Olympia Rally to Mark Fifth Anniversary of Citizens United
Activists Call for a Constitutional Amendment to Curb Campaign Spending
WHAT: A rally and lobby day on the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. Activists will urge the Washington Legislature to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision and get corporate money out of politics.
The rally and lobby day are part of a day of events being held throughout the country to mark the fifth anniversary of Citizens United and highlight the need to overturn it. Other events include a press conference on Capitol Hill by congressional lawmakers, who will reintroduce measures to curb spending in elections, a rally in Washington, D.C. highlighting the biggest dark money spender in elections – the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as protests and events throughout the country.
Now that the Washington legislative session has begun, the activists will urge their legislators to call for a constitutional amendment – just as 16 states and the District of Columbia already have done – to reduce the growing influence of money in politics.
WHEN: The lobby day will begin at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21.
The rally will begin at noon.
WHO: Fix Democracy First, Public Citizen, Washington Public Interest Research Group (WashPIRG) and the WAMEND coalition
SPEAKERS: Washington State Sen. Bob Hasagawa
Alice Woldt, executive director, Fix Democracy First
Sofie Madden, WashPIRG democracy campaign organizer
Nancy Amadei, professor, University of Washington
Nicholas Price, adjunct professor, University of Washington
WHERE: Lobby day staging area: Washington Room, Pritchard Building, 415 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia.
Rally: The Sundial in front of the Capitol.