Orono Town Council schedules public hearing on Citizens United Resolution

Posted Jan. 04, 2013, at 9:16 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Orono Town Hall, Orono, Maine

For more information: Ron Davis; 207-866-4785.

ORONO, Maine — At its Dec. 10 meeting, the Orono Town Council voted to hold a public hearing on a resolution calling for reversal of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. The hearing will be held at the council’s next scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan.14 in council chambers at the Orono Town Hall.

The resolution, which was presented to a council sub-committee on Dec. 5 by Ron Davis, an Orono resident and member of the Orono Peace Group, calls for passage of an amendment to the U. S. Constitution overriding the Citizens United decision. Similar resolutions have been passed by more than 300 cities and towns across the country.

In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money to support or oppose candidates for elective office. This right, the court decided in a 5-4 ruling, is protected by the amendment’s freedom of speech clause.

The resolution argues that the court’s decision gives corporations virtually limitless power to influence the outcome of local, state and federal elections and, thereby, to corrupt public officials and democratic institutions. It calls for a constitutional amendment establishing firmly that money is not speech and people, not corporations, are the entities protected by the First

Amendment right of free speech.

For information, contact Ron Davis, Orono Peace Group, 64 Gardner Road, Orono ME 04473; or or 207-866-4785.