Small Business Owners Support Overturning Citizens United

Below is information from The American Sustainable Business Council.

To find out more, go to their website: http://asbcouncil.org/campaigns/election-integrity

If you're a business owner and support SB 1272 The Overturn Citizens United Act click here to add your name the list of endorsers.

 

Small Businesses Reject Role of Money in Politics; View Citizens United Decision as Bad for Business

On Jan. 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its Citizens United decision that corporations are free to spend unlimited sums of money in elections. According to opinion polling released by the American Sustainable Business Council, and others, two-thirds of small business owners see this decision as bad for small business. The poll also shows small business owners overwhelmingly believe corporations have been given too much freedom to spend money that directly influences political
campaigns.

Main Findings
Small business owners view the Citizens United decision as bad for small business: 66% of those surveyed said the two-year-old ruling that gives corporations unlimited spending power in elections is bad for small businesses. Only 9% said it was good for small business.

Figure 1: Majority of small businesses don't support Citizens United decision

 

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Small business owners have a negative view of the role money plays in politics overall:
88% of respondents view the role money plays in politics negatively; 68% view it very negatively.


Figure 2: Small businesses view money's role in politics negatively

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Conclusion
The latest poll results reveal that small business owners believe unlimited corporate political spending in elections is detrimental to small business success. The poll found small business owners across the country are in broad disagreement with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. With two thirds of respondents believing this change is bad for small business and another 88% of them negatively viewing the role money plays in politics overall, small business owners’ perspectives are
clear: Unlimited corporate political spending in elections hurts the interests of small businesses, America’s jobs engine.

Methodology
This poll reflects an Internet survey of 500 small business owners across the country, commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council, Main Street Alliance and Small Business Majority and conducted by Lake Research. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.4%. The survey was conducted between December 8, 2011 and January 4, 2012.


Researchers used a random sample of small business owners obtained from Harris Interactive, with additional samples from InfoUSA.

 

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About the Organization
The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is a growing coalition of business networks and businesses committed to creating a vision and framework and advancing policies to support a vibrant, just and sustainable economy.
Founded in 2009, ASBC and its organizational members represent more than 200,000 businesses and more than 350,000 business leaders across the United States. ASBC informs and engages business leaders, while educating policy makers and the media about the need and opportunities for a sustainable economy.
www.asbcouncil.org

 

 

 

And here is their endorsement letter for SB 1272

May 2, 2014

The Honorable Ted Lieu

California State Senate

Via Facsimile: (916) 651 4928

RE: SB 1272 (Lieu) – The Overturn Citizens United Act

ENDORSE AND SUPPORT

Dear Senator Lieu,

The American Sustainable Business Council is pleased to SUPPORT your bill SB 1272, which would place an Advisory Measure before the People of California in November 2014, calling on the US Congress to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and “all applicable judicial precedents” including the recent decision in McCuthcheon v. FEC, by drafting, passing, and returning to the states for ratification an amendment or amendments clearly stating that We The People have the right to regulate and/or limit spending on elections and that the rights and privileges granted by the US Constitution are the rights of natural persons only.

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is a growing coalition of business networks and businesses committed to creating a vision and framework and advancing policies to support a vibrant, just and sustainable economy. Founded in 2009, ASBC and its organizational members represent more than 200,000 businesses and more than 350,000 business leaders across the United States with many of those in California.

In a poll that the American Sustainable Business Council and several other business groups commissioned, 88% of small business leaders view the role money plays in politics negatively.  The poll found small business owners across the country are in broad disagreement with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, 66% believe this decision is bad for small business.  Small business owners’ perspectives are clear: Unlimited corporate political spending in elections hurts the interests of small businesses, America’s jobs engine.  

Businesses and their owners want to profit and thrive.  But most of us also want to build a vibrant and sustainable economy that benefits our communities. An essential principle for us is that a strong economy requires a strong democracy.

 

Another important business value we hold is transparency. Decisions should be made in the open. Corporate and donations from the wealthiest must be managed so that campaign donations do not serve as a form of thinly-veiled bribery that allows legislators to collect secret donations, for which they then owe secret favors. Such “pay to play” practices destroy the public’s faith in government and they are destroying our democracy.

The problem centers on which deepest pockets will dominate the spending, and whether the ideas they will promote are good for our businesses and good for the state. The resulting policies often benefit those special interests at the expense of small and medium sized businesses, our local economies, and our communities.

 

It’s time to put the concerns of responsible business owners, our employees, and our customers back on the table so we can compete, create jobs, and support our local economies by putting the decision of our elections back in the hands of the electorate just as our democracy intended.

By placing SB 1272, The Overturn Citizens United Act, on the statewide ballot, giving all Californians the opportunity to directly respond to these disastrous rulings, the California Legislature can lead the country once again, in the national discussion we must have now.

Thank you for introducing SB 1272, The Overturn Citizens United Act and add the American Sustainable Business Council to your list of the bill’s supporters.

 

Sincerely,

 

David Levine, CEO and Cofounder

 

cc: Senator Kevin de Leon, Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee, FAX:  916 327 8817


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