When asked by Ed Schultz what the Congress can do after this horrible Supreme Court ruling that corporations have the same free speech rights as average citizens Dennis responds with this:
Kucinich: Well one of the things I'd like to see done is repeal corporate personhood. They get... the corporations in America get a free ride. They're able to escape taxes. They don't have the same responsibilities as real people have. We need to challenge corporations hold on the political process, repeal corporate personhood and we also need to look at what we can do to go around the Buckley v. Valeo ruling or this other ruling to put strong controls on campaign spending.
And in addition to that, we have to I think have public financing of Congressional races because if you don't... it's either private financing of the races and then the government's owned by private interests, or it's public financing and then it's government and the public interest. That's really going to be the choice that we're going to have after this Supreme Court ruling.
Amen Dennis. From the Representatives office today--Kucinich Denounces Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United Case:
Washington, Jan 21 -
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement following the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in the case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission:
“Today’s decision will allow corporations to spend unlimited funds in support of political candidates. It will increase the stranglehold corporations now have over politics. There is no more effective way to concentrate even more money and power in the hands of the wealthy.
“Already, Wall Street is thriving on government largesse while America struggles with rising unemployment and foreclosures; insurance companies are preventing meaningful health care reform; and fossil fuel companies are preventing meaningful climate change legislation. The foundations of our democracy are at serious risk.
“The five-man majority has overreached considerably. The five-man majority brought up this issue of its own volition and has now legislated from the bench. The Supreme Court’s actions and decision violates 100 years of precedent as well as the Constitutional prerogative given to Congress to legislate,” said Kucinich. “In his dissent, Justice Stevens somberly remarks, ‘The Court’s ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation.’ Congress can hardly ignore such a stark and foreboding comment.
“Now, it is incumbent upon Congress to act. We must reclaim the democratic process and protect the voice of American citizens. If we allow corporations, many of whom are owned by foreign interests, to exert the kind of influence allowed by today’s ruling, we will have, finally and completely, abandoned Lincoln’s government ‘of the people, by the people, and for the people,’” said Kucinich.