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Hoosiers Protest Citizens United In Indianapolis

Protesters say the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case allowed special interest groups to sway last year's Senate race.

Protesters at Citizens United Rally

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Protesters of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision hold up signs and chant at a rally outside the Indiana Statehouse on Jan. 18, 2013.

Protesters rallying in Indianapolis called Friday for a constitutional amendment to undo the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

The decision allows unlimited political contributions from corporations. The Court’s ruling played a significant role in Indiana’s 2012 U.S. Senate race between Joe Donnelly and Richard Mourdock. Millions of dollars poured into the state and dozens of ads filled the airwaves, supporting and opposing both candidates.

Robert Pederson is with the Indiana Alliance for Democracy. He says Hoosiers need to help generate support for a constitutional amendment.

“Saying that corporations are not persons with constitutional rights and that money spent in politics is not speech and should be limited,” Pederson says.

Jim Allison is with the group South-Central Indiana Move to Amend, an organization that got the Monroe County Commissioners and Bloomington City Council to approve resolutions calling for such an anti-Citizens United amendment. He says he wants to help similar movements grow across the state.

“So our ultimate goal is to indicate to the state legislature here widespread public support in the state of Indiana for this,” he says.

Protesters in the state capital marking the third anniversary of the Citizens United decision held signs with messages such as “I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one of them.”

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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