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Local 'Occupy' activists join national courthouse protest

Posted January 20, 2012

— Activists from around the Triangle joined those in more than 100 cities across the country Friday to protest a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision about campaign finance.

A grassroots coalition called Move to Amend said the protest kicks off petition drives to gain support for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, a 2010 court ruling that allowed private groups to spend large amounts on political campaigns with few restrictions.

The ruling and others stripped away some limits on campaign contributions and led to the emergence of so-called super political action committees (Super PACS), which can spend unlimited amounts of cash to influence elections. Although a Super PAC cannot coordinate directly with a campaign, many are staffed by longtime supporters or former aides of candidates.

So far, Super PACS have spent at least $10 million nationwide on ads in the Republican primary race to choose a candidate to challenge President Barack Obama in November.

Occupy Wall Street activists are joining the protests.

About 30 people from movements in Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham peacefully protested outside the federal courthouse on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh.

"We're here because the second anniversary of the Citizens United decision, which basically decided that corporations have undue influence on elections by basically creating Super PACs and donating as much money as they want anonymously," Jeremy Gilchrist, of the Occupy Raleigh movement, said.

Gilchrist said he believes the demonstration is an effective way to raise awareness on the issue.


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  • ladyblue Jan 23, 2012

    I think these people are a nuisance... half of them have no idea what they are even protesting.. just ask them.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 23, 2012

    three, can you imagine, three people walking in
    singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. They may think it's an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement...

    So there is your template to determine if this was a gathering or a movement

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 23, 2012

    Americans are getting tired of being subjected to the outright lies and deceptions of the right on TV, in print, and now on the internet."

    Really? And Newt seems to the the only one sticking up for himself to it. There is basically only one right wing news channel is a sea of leftist rhetoric channels, and people are worried about that one channel,(whose ratings crush all the others, thats must be why they are scared) when all the others are telling the "truth", give me a break your post makes no sense. I just dont understand how the press can be so right wing one day to people and so left wing the next. You mentioned the internet, there are plenty of echo chamber sites you can go to that will tell you whatever you want to hear so you can stay warm and cozy in the knowledge that if one person thinks like you then everyone must think like you.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 23, 2012

    Keep up the good work and know that MILLIONS support you!


  • Karmageddon Jan 23, 2012

    Corporations are needed to create jobs so that those of us who work can support the Occupiers

  • RM24 Jan 20, 2012

    Boo Hoo I won't work and the rich won't give me there money. Its so not fair. I deserve a free ride.

  • RM24 Jan 20, 2012

    .There maybe something to some of what ya posted, but I do remember him standing up and on TV telling all American, that he needs to pay more taxes, along with a lot of other about a certain amount. I guess he was talking about fixing the tax code maybe or something.

    No different than saying I'm fat and need to loose weight as I slide up to a tablefull of BigMacs and Milkshakes.

  • LucaBrasi Jan 20, 2012

    Don't preach to me "Gork". I was kicked to the curb (down sized) after 25 years of service when I was 50 yrs old. Instead of whinning and crying I found another job.

  • RM24 Jan 20, 2012

    Thank you for pointing out the greed and hypocrisy of the right wingers in 21st century America!!! Keep up the good work and know that MILLIONS support you!

    And thank you for the quick reminder or the ignorance of the left.

  • North Carolina Home Jan 20, 2012

    All of you union members must be so proud to see your dues being spent on paying this group to stand on street corners! Anybody notice that the recent arrests only included ONE person from NC?