In the words of Justice John Paul Stevens:
“The conceit that corporations must be treated identically to natural persons in the political sphere is not only inaccurate but also inadequate to justify the Court’s disposition of this case.”
“In the context of election to public office, the distinction between corporate and human speakers is significant. Although they make enormous contributions to our society, corporations are not actually members of it.
They cannot vote or run for office. Because they may be managed and controlled by nonresidents, their interests may conflict in fundamental respects with the interests of eligible voters.”
“The majority¹s approach to corporate electioneering marks a dramatic break from our past. Congress has placed special limitations on campaign spending by corporations ever since the passage of the Tillman Act in 1907”
“The Court’s ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will, I fear, do damage to this institution.” – sanders.senate.gov
Amending the Constitution requires a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate, followed by ratification from three-quarters of the states. I know it’s unlikely to happen, but doing something about the Supreme’s unconscionable decision in the Citizens United case, is better than doing nothing at all, other than complaining about the way our American Democracy has been undermined by a political system that’s been almost completely bought off.