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Occupy Wall Street Gets Demanding

October 21, 2011

Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks may have found just want the Occupy Wall Street movement needs – a demand.

Uygur introduced the Wolf-PAC on Wednesday, a Political Action Committee for raising money for a campaign to introduce a constitutional amendment that would outlaw corporations from donating to political campaigns. The plan is to send PAC members to state legislators and persuade them to call a constitutional convention in order to pass the amendment. Uygur introduced the PAC at a general assembly in the midst of the Occupy Wall Street in New York City, in his speech he referred to the plan as “occupying” state houses, seemingly aligning Wolf-PAC with the OWS movement.

Wolf-PAC is a response to the Supreme Court’s 1978 ruling that corporations are legally “people” and a decision last year ruling that they could contribute to political campaigns. Uygur’s amendment states:

“Corporations are not people. They have none of the Constitutional rights of human beings. Corporations are not allowed to give money to any politician, directly or indirectly. No politician can raise over $100 from any person or entity. All elections must be publicly financed.”

This may be demand that OWS was lacking for the past month, it is strikingly similar to the original suggestion of demanding Obama to create a committee to oversee campaign corruption.

Additionally, Uygur’s proposal may be more realistic than the original, though actually succeeding in calling a constitutional convention is still a very long shot.


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