Franklin Twp. passes first anti-Citizens United Resolution in NJ

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This past Tuesday, April 10th the Franklin Township Council in Somerset County, NJ became the first municipality in the State of New Jersey to pass an official Resolution supporting a Call for a Constitutional Amendment Overturning the “Citizens United Decision.”  Inspired by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) call for a national movement to pass a Constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United decision and ending corporate personhood I decided to take action myself and contact the nine members of my local Town Council (including the Mayor) asking them to pass a Resolution of this kind.  

Several weeks after I requested that they vote and pass this Resolution they finally did so successfully at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting with the 8 Democratic members of the Town Council voting in favor of the Resolution and our Republican Mayor (Brian Levine) being the lone no vote.  I’m proud of my town for passing this Resolution and hopefully more towns and cities in NJ pass similar resolutions.  It would also be ideal for the New Jersey Legislature to pass an official promoted by Rosi

Resolution calling for the overturning of the Citizens United decision which would send a strong message that the people of New Jersey do not support unlimited, anonymous money in our political system from corporations and the super-wealthy.  

To learn more about the national efforts under way by Senator Sanders visit his website:here.  

Also, visit here.

Want to see the resolution? It’s below the fold.

Here is the text of the Resolution passed by the Franklin Township Council:


WHEREAS, a Supreme Court ruling made in January 2010 prohibited the government from restricting political payments from corporations; and

WHEREAS, one effect from the ruling, as cited in written commentary refuting the equity of allowing corporations to donate unlimited funds to candidates or political parties, has been the creation of Super Political Action Committees; and

WHEREAS, many states and cities have enacted resolutions opposing the perceived corporate control of elections and are urging Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution and ban corporate personhood; and

WHEREAS, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has introduced a constitution amendment to overturn the Citizens United Decision by the Supreme Court and redefine “corporate personhood” and Representative Ted Deutch (D-Florida) has introduced the same amendment in the House,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Franklin, County of Somerset, State of New Jersey, that it strongly supports a constitutional amendment calling for the overturning of Citizens United Decision of January 2010 and calls upon the Legislature to take action on same; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this resolution be forwarded to Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, Representatives Frank Pallone and Rush Holt, and the NJ League of Municipalities.


I, , Virginia M. Woodbury, Deputy Clerk of the Township of Franklin, in the County of Somerset, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of a resolution duly adopted by the Township Council at a regular meeting held on the 27th day of March 2012.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Township this 28th day of March 2012.

Virginia M. Woodbury

Deputy Township Clerk

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