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"The citizens of Michigan have the right to know who is spending money in our elections. Corporations are not people and money is not speech, the Citizens United v. FEC US Supreme Court decision has started the erosion of our democracy. Not only do I vehemently disagree with the decision in Citizens United, but the US Supreme Court was also wrong in Buckley v. Valeo." - Chair of the Michigan Transparency Coalition and former candidate for Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson.
"I have been an activist for almost a year now, from the beginning I realized that every issue that I care about is quashed by corporate and wealthy interests. That's why we started a local Move To Amend affiliate group. It doesn't matter if you are conservative, libertarian, liberal, progressive, or a moderate. A majority of Americans believe that corporations and super-PACS have too much power, and they're right." - Lansing area activist and Lansing Move To Amend Coordinator, Roman Collins.
"Passing the Lansing Move To Amend resolution will make Lansing a leader in our common struggle to restore real democracy to our elections. Money is not speech and should not drive the electoral process. Corporations are not persons and should not receive special rights." - Chair of Michiganders To Keep Big Money Out Of Elections, Stuart Dowty
"Democracy depends on restoring the peoples power over corporate power. We are very much in jeopardy of losing our democracy thanks to Citizens United." - Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero
"Corporations are not people. That was understood until the U.S. Supreme Court turned that logic on its head. The Move to Amend campaign would rectify this and allow the citizens to again decide whether or not corporations should be able to have unlimited ability to contribute to campaigns. This is a basic citizens right and belongs in the U.S. Constitution. Ingham County lends its support through the passage of this resolution today." - Ingham County Commissioner Andy Schor.
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