Rare Supreme Court Protest Decries Citizens United – Caught On Camera! (VIDEO)
On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court was subject to an extremely rare outburst. Even more remarkably, the whole event was recorded on a hidden camera – in what may be the first-ever video of such an occurrence happening in the high court. Cameras and other recording devices are forbidden the chambers.
The outburst occurred during oral arguments for McCutcheon vs. FEC, which would remove the cap on aggregate campaign contributions and has been referred to as Citizens United part 2. The protester rose and shouted;
“I rise on behalf of the vast majority of the American people, who believe that money is not speech, corporations are not people, and our democracy should not be for sale to the highest bidder! Overturn Citizens United! Keep the cap in McCutcheon! The people demand democracy!”
The 2010 Citizen’s United vs. The Federal Elections Commission decision allowed for unlimited corporate contributions to campaigns and candidates without having to disclose their donors, and resulted in a flood of dark money into the political process.
According to 99Rise, which has taken credit for the protest, the protester in the video is 33 year-old Noah Kai Newkirk, from Los Angeles.
On their website announcing the action, the group is calling for a restoration of free and fair elections in America;
“Generations of Americans have shed blood, sweat, and tears to win the right to vote and extend the promise of democracy in America. It’s time for our generation to step up and do whatever it takes to defend that right and end the corruption of big money in politics. If that means risking arrest in order to speak truth to power, so be it.”
The 2012 elections were the most expensive in the nation’s history – approximately 6 billion dollars was spent. That is a staggering $700 million more than was spent in the second-most expensive election this country had ever seen, the lion’s share spent on often misleading or out-right false political advertisements and television commercials.
Newkirk appeared in a District of Columbia court Thursday, where he pled not guilty to three misdemeanor charges, which according to CNN include a federal law that makes it a crime to “harangue” or utter “loud threatening or abusive language in the Supreme Court Building.”
Watch via 99Rise
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