Citizens will ask Winston-Salem City Council for resolution against Citizens United

Citizens organized by Occupy Winston-Salem and Democracy North Carolina plan to go before Winston-Salem City Council tonight and to request a resolution in opposition to the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision.

The Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that the government cannot restrict campaign finance expenditures by groups operating independent of candidate committees. The decision gave rise to so-called "super PACs," which can spend unlimited amounts of money airing negative ads attacking the opponent of the candidate the committee wants to help elect.

The Greensboro City Council passed a resolution in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United in October. The cities of Raleigh, Durham, Asheville and Greensville, along with seven other municipalities had already approved similar resolutions at the time.

The Winston-Salem City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. Those who wish to speak should show up 15 minutes early.

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