January 14th, 2012
For the consideration of Occupy Dallas in General Assembly, a resolution condemning the Republican National Committee for their amicus brief entered in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of defendants WILLIAM P. DANIELCZYK, JR. and EUGENE R. BIAGI.
(Available at http://images.politico.com/global/2012/01/rncamicus.pdf)
Whereas the RNC argues that
"The Court in Citizens United has made it clear that corporations may enter the political arena directly through independent expenditures, and/or unlimited contributions to independent-expenditure-only committees. At the same time, corporations are currently prohibited from making limited campaign contributions to political parties and candidate committees. This state of play creates a disparate environment for corporate contributions which actively and artificially disadvantages political parties and campaign committees"
which would overturn the Tillman Act of 1907 (34 Stat. 864)(January 26, 1907), which bans direct contributions from corporations to candidates and parties:
I hereby propose that Occupy Dallas in Solidarity with the Progressives at the turn of the previous Century, and with the burgeoning Campaign Finance Reform Movement, that Occupy Wall Street is largely responsible for pumping back to life, and which Occupy Congress will most surely amplify further, declare itself, loudly and proudly, categorically opposed to overturning soon to be 105 year old campaign finance reform laws barring direct contributions to candidates and parties by corporations, and issue an accompanying press release drawing attention to this radical and revolutionary argument by the RNC.
Furthermore, let this resolution in no way, shape, or form serve as an endorsement of any other political party.