Greenpeace Supports Democracy for All

by Kat Clark

September 9, 2014

Activists hold signs and a banner outside the United States Supreme Court as the court arguments in McCutcheon versus the Federal Elections Commission. The petitioners ask the Supreme Court to strike down the overall, or aggregate, limits on what an individual can give to all candidates and parties in an election cycle.

© Greenpeace / Robert Meyers

Today, coalition members of the Democracy Initiative released statements in support of the historic Democracy for All constitutional amendment, currently being debated in the U.S. Senate. Introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), the amendment seeks to restore Congress’ authority to regulate campaign finance and curb the influence of big money in politics once and for all.

The Koch brothers and other dirty energy advocates are polluting both our environment and our politics, our air and our airwaves, said Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA. The Democracy for All Amendment will strengthen the chance for Americans to vote for candidates that care about our communities and environment, rather than those whose voices have been bought by big business. This is an essential step to ensuring a future free from catastrophic global warming.

The Pentagon describes global warming as a top national security threat, yet the Koch brothers and their billionaires club have spent a fortune to help deny its existence.” said Charlie Cray, co-author of a new Greenpeace report: The Kingpins of Carbon and Their War on Democracy. “Greenpeace wants to see the Democracy for All Amendment stop Koch Industries, Peabody, ExxonMobil and others from using their excessive profits to dominate our elections.”

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