American Promise, a Cross-Partisan Nonprofit Aimed at Undoing Citizens United, Opens a Tulsa Chapter

Sep 26, 2017

The Citizens United ruling, surely among the most controversial U.S. Supreme Court decisions of the modern era, was a 5-4 vote in 2010 affirming that the freedom of speech prohibits the government from restricting independent political expenditures by nonprofit corporations, for-profit corporations, labor unions, and certain other groups. It's a ruling that, interestingly, is opposed by people all over the political spectrum: red, blue, purple, independent, libertarian, etc. On this edition of ST, we learn about a nationwide effort to render this ruling null and void. American Promise is a nonprofit, founded in 2016, that aims to (per its website) "empower, inspire, and organize Americans to win the cause of our time: the 28th Amendment. This historic reform will rebalance our politics and government by putting the rights of individual citizens and the interests of the nation before the privileges of concentrated money, corporations, unions, political parties, and superPACs." Over the weekend, American Promise launched its first Oklahoma-based chapter here in Tulsa; this rally happened at the TU College of Law on the 23rd. Our guest today is a TU Law Professor as well as an American Promise Advisory Council member, Tamara Piety.