I don’t suppose this will have any effect on the Supreme Court’s “Bribery is protected by the First Amendment” ruling. But it should raise public awareness, which is a first step.
— co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s — is working with Move To Amend to distribute rubber stamps to the public. He wants to encourage “thousands of people to buy rubber stamps and stamp any currency that comes into their possession.”
Each of these rubber stamps will have a slogan such as: “Money is not speech,” “Corporations are not people” and “Not to be used for bribing politicians.”
And yes, it IS legal to stamp a message onto a bill, as long as the bill is still legible.
I personally like this approach better than “Occupying” public places. You’re not confronting the police or alienating the public. And if enough bills are rubberstamped, this has the potential to reach a lot more people. Most people don’t follow the news very closely, other than the front page of the daily paper and the “top stories” on the evening news. But everybody handles paper money. This message might actually penetrate the public consciousness.
One can hope anyway.
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