June 25, 2012
AFT Statement on Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision
WASHINGTON—Today American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to invalidate Montana's campaign finance laws.
"The Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Montana's clean election laws, in an effective reaffirmation of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, is as disturbing as it is disappointing. Now even states have no power to inoculate their own elections from the corrosive effects of unlimited corporate influence. America's highest court has reasserted big corporations' license to use their record profits to try to silence the voices of Americans who work hard every day serving our communities, teaching our children and healing our sick.
"Instead of working to create jobs and build a better future for our children, big corporate donors are hiding their identities while they flood the system with hundreds of millions of dollars in an effort to pass an extreme agenda that will gut the salary, healthcare benefits and pensions of workers. They are siphoning more money out of vital public services and our communities and putting it into the pockets of those who don't need it. It's time to restore balance and guarantee that the public employee in Billings and the teacher in Cleveland have the same voice in our democracy as the CEOs on Wall Street."
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.