2014- April 2- Emergency protests against horrible Supreme Court decision

The Supreme Court just ruled on Citizens United 2.0—once again siding with big money over the voice of everyday Americans. MoveOn members are joining allies at more than 150 Rapid Response Rallies today across the country to respond to the decision—and there’s one near Seattle. Can you join?

Yes, I’ll Attend!

Dear MoveOn member,

BREAKING NEWS: The Supreme Court just opened the door for super-rich donors like the Koch brothers to flood even more elections with their money by abolishing aggregate contribution limits for individual political donors—and MoveOn members and allies are responding at more than 150 rallies across the country.1

This case—McCutcheon vs FEC—is 2014’s Citizens United. It’s another nail in the coffin of free elections and of government by the people.

Shaun McCutcheon is an Alabama coal tycoon who was fighting for his right to give as much money to as many politicians as he pleased—and he won in a rigged game.

We can’t vote Supreme Court justices out of office—but we can definitely make sure that they—and the media and politicians watching—know the people’s opinion in this case. That’s why MoveOn members are showing up TODAY with other progressives and allies at more than a 150 Rapid Response Rallies nationwide in reaction to the Supreme Court’s flawed decision.

Can you join in at an event near Seattle?

Yes, I can make it to a rapid response event today!

The more of us that show up today, the stronger the message we’ll send to the media, politicians, and opinion-makers that in the court of public opinion, money can’t buy votes.

Shaun McCutcheon spent $300,000 in the 2012 election cycle.2 But that wasn’t enough for him—he wanted to max out his contributions to more politicians. So he took his plea to legally buy more of our Congress all the way to the Supreme Court—and he got support from none other than Sen. Mitch McConnell’s own legal team.3

What’s important right now is that we send a clear message: if the Supreme Court is going to become a conservative activist, then the rest of us are only going to get louder. The media, politicians, and the Supreme Court can’t ignore more than a 150 events happening within hours of their soured decision—especially not if MoveOn members join allies and show up in mass.

Click here if you can join the thousands of people gathering today around the nation to protest this decision.

It’s clear that the fight to get big money out of politics just got a little bit harder—that it’ll take a little bit longer. But we’ve been making progress in state after state with resolutions against Citizens United, financial disclosure bills, and even campaign public financing. We’ve faced bigger set backs before.

Thanks for all you do.

–Mark, Jessica, Matt P., Matt B., and the rest of the team

P.S. Our friends at Public Citizen have been a driving force behind this and news outlets like the Washington Post have already picked up on the events.4 Click here to find an event near you.


1. “Live blog of opinions,” SCOTUSBlog, April 2, 2014

2. “McCutcheon Super PAC Already Busts Limits | Rules of the Game,” Roll Call, October 7, 2013

3. “McCutcheon v. FEC: Big Money Fights Back at the Supreme Court,” The Daily Beast, October 9, 2013

4. “How the next Citizens United could bring more corruption—but less gridlock,” Washington Post, February 21, 2014


History… April 2

1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida. The next day he went ashore.

1792 – The U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act to regulate the coins of the United States. The act authorized $10 Eagles, $5 Half Eagles, $2.50 Quarter Eagle gold coins, silver dollars, dollars, quarters, dimes and half-dimes to be minted.

1801 – During the Napoleonic Wars, the Danish fleet was destroyed by the British at the Battle of Copenhagen.

1860 – The first Italian Parliament met in Turin.

1865 – Confederate President Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, VA.

1872 – G.B. Brayton received a patent for the gas-powered streetcar.

1877 – The first Egg Roll was held on the grounds of the White House in Washington, DC.

1889 – Charles Hall patented aluminum.

1902 – The first motion picture theatre opened in Los Angeles with the name Electric Theatre.

1905 – The Simplon rail tunnel officially opened. The tunnel went under the Alps and linked Switzerland and Italy.

1910 – Karl Harris perfected the process for the artificial synthesis of rubber.

1914 – The U.S. Federal Reserve Board announced plans to divide the country into 12 districts.

1917 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson presented a declaration of war against Germany to the U.S. Congress.

1932 – A $50,000 ransom was paid for the infant son of Charles and Anna Lindbergh. He child was not returned and was found dead the next month.

1935 – Sir Watson-Watt was granted a patent for RADAR.

1944 – The Soviet Union announced that its troops had crossed the Prut River and entered Romania.

1947 – “The Big Story” debuted on NBC radio. It was on the air for eight years.

1947 – The U.N. Security Council voted to appoint the U.S. as trustee for former Japanese-held Pacific Islands.

1951 – U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower assumed command of all allied forces in the Western Mediterranean area and Europe.

1956 – “The Edge of Night” and “As the World Turns” debuted on CBS-TV.

1958 – The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics was renamed NASA.

1960 – France signed an agreement with Madagascar that proclaimed the country an independent state within the French community.

1963 – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King began the first non-violent campaign in Birmingham, AL.

1966 – South Vietnamese troops joined in demonstrations at Hue and Da Nang for an end to military rule.

1967 – In Peking, hundreds of thousands demonstrated against Mao foe Liu Shao-chi.

1972 – Burt Reynolds appeared nude in “Cosmopolitan” magazine.

1978 – The first episode of “Dallas” aired on CBS.

1981 – In Lebanon, thirty-seven people were reported killed during fighting in the cities of Beirut and Zahle. It was the worst violence since the 1976 cease fire.

1982 – Argentina invaded the British-owned Falkland Islands. The following June Britain took the islands back.

1983 – The New Jersey Transit strike that began on March 1 came to an end.

1984 – John Thompson became the first black coach to lead his team to the NCAA college basketball championship.

1984 – In Jerusalem, three Arab gunmen wounded 48 people when they opened fire into a crowd of shoppers.

1985 – The NCAA Rules Committee adopted the 45-second shot clock for men’s basketball to begin in the 1986 season.

1986 – On a TWA airliner flying from Rome to Athens a bomb exploded under a seat killing four Americans.

1987 – The speed limit on U.S. interstate highways was increased to 65 miles per hour in limited areas.

1988 – U.S. Special Prosecutor James McKay declined to indict Attorney General Edwin Meese for criminal wrongdoing.

1989 – An editorial in the “New York Times” declared that the Cold War was over.

1989 – General Prosper Avril, Haiti’s military leader, survived a coup attempt. The attempt was apparently provoked by Avril’s U.S.-backed efforts to fight drug trafficking.

1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein threatened to incinerate half of Israel with chemical weapons if Israel joined a conspiracy against Iraq.

1992 – Mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York of murder and racketeering. He was later sentenced to life in prison.

1995 – The costliest strike in professional sports history ended when baseball owners agreed to let players play without a contract.

1996 – Russia and Belarus signed a treaty that created a political and economic alliance in an effort to reunite the two former Soviet republics.

1996 – Lech Walesa resumed his old job as an electrician at the Gdansk shipyard. He was the former Solidarity union leader who became Poland’s first post-war democratic president.

2002 – Israeli troops surrounded the Church of the Nativity. More than 200 Palestinians had taken refuge at the church when Israel invaded Bethlehem.

2013 – The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty to regulate the international trade of conventional weapons.

2014 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that limits on the total amount of money individuals can give political candidates and political action committees were unconstitutional.