March 30, 2014


Four years ago, the Supreme Court made their disastrous Citizens United decision, allowing corporations like Monsanto and Chevron to spend unlimited money to influence elections — putting corporations over people.

We're working with a lot of allies to take back our democracy by reversing this decision, but it's going to take time to build a grassroots movement to demand change on that level.

The good news is the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) can start to rein in corporate money now! Tell SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White to require corporations to disclose their political spending.

Since Citizens United, we've seen a flood of money in our political system. Campaign spending in 2012 was almost five times greater than in 2010, surpassing $1 billion for the first time in history.¹

We already know that the biggest corporations in the world like Chevron and Monsanto lobby in droves to influence lawmakers in order to put profits over people. So it's not too far fetched to imagine that they would do the same to buy elections to ensure that they have lawmakers that are willing to do their bidding. But we don't know for sure, because right now, corporations can spend entirely in secret.

In fact, the Supreme Court never intended for corporations to be able to spend unlimited amounts of money in secret.² And SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White has the power to fix it.

Send a message right now to the SEC: Don't let corporations hide their political spending!

We have seen the power we can wield against corporations when we work together.

At the beginning of this year, corporate interests worked fiercely to ram the TPP — a secret trade deal — through Congress in order to give themselves the power to challenge our democratically created laws, like sourcing local food for schools, banning fracking in your community and labeling genetically engineered (GMO) foods. But after countless messages, phone calls, office visits and rallies from people across the country, the bill has stalled — for now. This is huge!

We CAN inspire enough people across the country to stand together to shift the balance of power from the small handful of wealthy elite back to the people and to restore our democracy.

Now take the first step: make sure corporations are not allowed to spend in secret so we can hold them accountable.