Ben Cohen's Stamp Stampede: "Money's Not Speech, Corporations Aren't People!"
Ben Cohen, co-founder of gourmet ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's, is headlining the Stamp Stampede campaign to return government to the hands of the people. The corrosive influence of money in politics is the target of this bold new campaign-- their credo: Money's Not Speech, and Corporations Aren't People.
The Stamp Stampede campaign is a response to the fact that over 2/3 of Republicans, independents and Democrats all want to get money out of politics, and Congress isn’t doing anything about it. Cohen is campaigning for a constitutional amendment that would support the principles that money is not political speech (which would overturn the Supreme Court decision in Buckley v. Valeo, 1976), and that corporations are not people (overturning the Supreme Court decision in Citizens' United, 2011).
To bring attention to his cause, Ben Cohen will be in San Francisco from October 2nd to the 9th driving around in the Ice Cream Stamp Stampede Truck giving away ice cream and stamping messages on customers dollars.
Stamp Stampede aims to have tens of thousands of Americans across the country use rubber stamps to print messages on currency supporting a constitutional amendment that gets money out of America's political system.
"It doesn't matter what issue you care about - education, poverty, Wall Street, spiraling healthcare costs, you name it - at the end of the day, the absolutely massive amounts of money in our politics is at the root of our problems," said Cohen. "That's why we have to stamp out the corrosive influence of money in our government and politics.” Cohen continued, “You can trace the root cause of our problems to the fact that corporations and the wealthy place their thumb on the political scales with massive donations."
In order to kick off the campaign, stamps will be distributed across the nation. In addition, people can either design their own stamps at home, download designs from the Stamp Stampede site to use at their local rubber stamp maker, or they can purchase ready-made stamps at cost at http://StampStampede.org.
“Money stamping is a delightful activity,” said Charles Lenchner, Stamp Stampede project coordinator. "It’s quick, its easy, it’s bold, it’s slightly subversive, and it's also legal! People can do it in the privacy of their own homes, and they can do it out in the public at street festivals. It's a really simple way for people to express their outrage at the ties between big money and political corruption.”