What is Citizens United ? Why does this matter?

What is "Citizens United"? It sounds like a club, but I know it 's not. Please explain and show where I can learn more about it. 


'Citizens United ' is short-hand for a Supreme Court decision.    It took place in 2010. 

On April 1, 2014, citizens of Windsor, DeForest, Waunakee and other Wisconsin communities will have the opportunity to vote on advisory referendums to send a message to legislators in Madison and Washington that THEY WANT TO AMEND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION TO STATE THE FOLLOWING:

         1. Corporations, Unions, Non-Profits, etc. are not People and, therefore, not entitled to Constitutional Rights AND

         2. Money is not equivalent to political speech and, therefore, many be regulated.

The DeForest Area Progressives urges a vote of YES and YES on municipal issues 1 and 2 on the DeForest and Windsor ballots and a vote of YES on the municipal issue on the Waunakee ballot!!!!

===============BACKGROUND INFORMATION================== 

This is why it is important to all U.S. citizens:  It is about permitting more money into politics.

The actual case is named:  Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), is a US constitutional law case, in which the United States Supreme Court held that First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporationsassociations, or labor unions. The conservative lobbying group Citizens United wanted to air a film critical of Hillary Clinton and to advertise the film during television broadcasts in apparent violation of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act(commonly known as the McCain–Feingold Act or "BCRA").[2] In a 5–4 decision, the Court held that portions of BCRA §203 violated the First Amendment.

The 5 Supreme Court Justices who voted in favor of the case presented by the organization, Citizens United, were the conservative justices.  

"It was technically about a small issue, a nasty campaign film in 2008 attacking Hillary Clinton. Chief Justice Roberts, however, turned it into a question of whether corporations counted as 'persons' with respect to free speech, where free speech is interpreted as the unlimited spending of money on political advertising. Citizens United allowed the formation of Super-PACS, which can collect unlimited amounts of money to spend on elections.  the effect as been to give enormous power to wealthy conservatives and corporations to help elect extreme conservatives to offices of all levels"

-- author, George Lakoff, in The Little Blue Book.


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Citizens United (organization)

Citizens United is a conservative non-profit organization in the United States. Its president and chairman is David Bossie. It is best known for the U.S. Supreme Court case on campaign finance Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.


Citizens United describes its mission as being dedicated to restoring the United States government to "citizens' control" and to "assert American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, and national sovereignty and security." To fulfill this mission, Citizens United undertakes various marketing projects, including television advertising and feature-lengthdocumentaries.[1]


Citizens United was founded in 1988 with major funding from Charles and Bill Koch.[citation needed] David Bossie has been its president since 2000. Its offices are on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, D.C. The associated Citizens United Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.


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