The Story of Citizens United

posted by Rainforest Action Network

What is Citizens United all about anyway? How did it come to pass that corporations can now spend as much as they want on political advertising? Isn’t that f*d up?

If you want these questions answered, today is your day! The brilliant folks behind The Story of Stuff have just come out with one of their most important animated documentaries yet: The Story of Citizens United.

Hey, let’s face it, sometimes it takes a cartoon and Annie’s calm elementary school teacher cadence to put complex things like Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission into perspective. (And make it entertaining. Shhh, don’t tell anyone I said that.)

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Startling facts from The Story of Citizens United:

  • 85% of people feel that corporations have too much power
  • 53 of the 100 biggest economies on Earth are corporations
  • If the top 100 corporations used 1% of their profits toward political campaigns, they could outspend every candidate for President, House, and Senate combined
  • In 2010, corporate-backed political groups spent $300 million, more than every midterm election since 1990 combined

After you watch the video, be sure to click the TAKE ACTION button at the end. It’s gonna make us all feel a lot better about the world if we’re not being stomped on by mindless corporate robots, n’est pas?

*Thanks so much to Annie Leonard and Free Range Studios for making this happen!