PRESS RELEASE - Senate Candidate says Supreme Court decision on corporate contributions appalling
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Potts for Senate 2010
Contact: Midge Potts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21st, 2010
US Senate Candidate Says Supreme Court Decision is Appalling
Constitutional Amendment Needed to Repeal Corporate Personhood
Springfield, MO -- On Thursday January 21st, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to strike down an Iowa statute that made it illegal for corporations to donate money to politcal campaigns within the state. Midge Potts, Progressive-Green candidate for US Senate in Missouri, said that she was appalled, but not surprised by the decision.
"For over a century, the Supreme Court has operated under the assumption that corporations have the same rights as individuals," Said Potts, "Despite court precedent, any reasonable person can see that such an assumption is false, and that a corporation, made up of numerous stock holders, should not be equated to individual people." She added, "If elected to represent the people of Missouri in the US Senate, I will offer an Amendment to the Constitution that would exclude corporations from being defined as individuals who have equal rights to US Citizens."
Midge Potts, co-chair of the Progressive Party of Missouri, is the party's candidate for U.S. Senator. She and other party members are circulating petitions to get Ms. Potts and other Progressive Party candidates on the Missouri ballot this year.