Submit Your Testimony

Posting your testimony is a fun way of letting your voice be heard.  Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1) Film Your Testimony

- Write out a script of what you wish to say to Congress

  • Where are you from?
  • How does money in politics affect your life?
  • What needs to be done?
  • (Please keep your video under two minutes in length)

- Find a camera and film your video

  • Cell phones, computer cameras, or camcorders are all sufficient
  • Have fun! Maybe film it with friends, or your organizing group? Be creative!

Step 2) Upload your video to YouTube

- Create a YouTube account if you do not have one already

- Upload your video to Youtube – for more help, click here

  • Seek help from friends or family members for technical troubleshooting

Step 3) Email your link to us

- Once your video is uploaded, copy the URL link of the video – the URL is the address of a website at the top your browser – and email it to us at

  • peoplestestimony@yahoo.com

DISCLAIMER: By submitting your video testimony, you are knowingly and voluntarily relinquishing all copyrights in your video submission and are giving permission for it to be shared or used by others who, like you, are engaged in the fight to get unlimited corporate and special interest money out of elections and overturn Citizens United and related cases. Videos will be posted at our discretion and must be appropriate in content, so please refrain from the use of profanity and other offensive language or imagery.


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33 responses

  1. Julius Sargent | Reply

    China and Russia could form a non profit corporation here in the USA. Then, they financially could contribute so much money to this corporation and eventually have certain officials elected to Congress or other matters pertinent to governing our country. Therefore, I believe, corporations should not be allowed to use corporate money or corporate assets in any type of political campaigns.

    Another reason is that corporations can find ways to make these donations corporate expenses which will reduce the income of the corporation and they do not have to pay income taxes on this deduction to their incom. And, these deductible expenses from their income reduces the dividends they pay their stockholders and then they do not have to pay income taxes on their reduced income.

    Julius W. Sargent

  2. I’m ahead of you by 37 years. You don’t need a video – Read what I wrote to congress in 1975. See http://xenodochy.org/diogenes/congress.html Corruption Killed Communism. Institutionalized “corruption” is killing our democracy. Congress and other elected officials are in the pay of lobbyists, corporations, and the super-rich through the means of campaign contributions and “free speech”. Free speech belongs only to the people, but it has become institutionalized for every possible corrupter through “Citizen’s United”. The “corporate shield” grants immunity to badly acting people, encouraging expressions of greed exploiting workers and customers. What I asked for in 1975 would have prevented our current situation.
    It’s not too late to act, but it is much harder, because we gave away almost all our power. Take it back NOW. Power to the people – individual people – Act accordingly.

    1. You are EXACTLY correct. Money breeds corruption and will take any system down with it.

  3. RICHARD HANSEN | Reply

    brainless !! people big business & corporations are tied to congress & senators want to run this country to there benifit and screw the little people ,…

  4. You’ve got to be kidding! Make a video?? Upload it to YouTube?? If I didn’t have to work for a living, maybe I’d have time to learn the technology, buy the equipment, gather friends to hold the equipment, struggle with uploading (I hear it’s slow, slow, slow), etc., etc., etc.

    I know that young people are right there with this technology, but there must be numberless thousands of us senior citizens who would be happy to write a testimony, but are sure as hell not going to touch this high technology stuff.

    Too bad. You’re losing numbers here.

  5. Leasha McCoy
    Corporations are not people they are just what thier name states corporations. This unjust law is allowing corporations to try to run the county. WE the People for the People is also just what it states!

  6. Louis Mueller | Reply

    Correction.

    This site should be titled, “Some of the People’s Testimony.” By limiting our responses to videos posted on YouTube, you are disenfranchising untold thousands of would-be correspondents and supporters, who are either unfamiliar with the technology, and have no desire to learn it, or who, like myself, abhor the technology because it violates our privacy. I refuse to be compelled to join Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube, or any social-networking site because they all steal as much personal information from us as they can, and market it to as many greedy, avaricious giant corporations as they can, for the purpose of financing the so-called “free” services, and, not coincidentally, to gain as much profit for the owners and managers as they can.

    Because a stupidity is popular does not mean that it is universal. You need to broaden your thinking.

    1. Thank you, Louis! You took the words out of my mouth and said it better!

      1. Louis Mueller

        Thank you, John. I love your response.

        It’s very rewarding to learn that other people feel as I do, and I am happy to be able to speak for them.

      2. I understand that you do not wish to give out your personal information in order to be allowed to have your voice be heard. Computers are expensive, and people now rely too much upon videos and too little upon written language. Be that as it may, the generations who will be most adversely affected by the Citizens United Decision know how to use the new communication systems, and to support them, I think we need to try to keep pace. I bought a computer that has a built-in web cam and video editing package, and it makes it very easy to document my views as requested by this program. I created a video and emailed it per their instructions, and I hope it makes some sort of a difference. If you would like to see the video, it is at the following link:

        Thank you for eloquently writing your views. Please keep standing up for representative government.

  7. Douglas Newman | Reply

    Of the over One Hundred Million plus eligible voters in the United States today Not One should have their Rights Lost, Obfuscated, Altered or Infringed,, However this is exactly what the Supreme Court has done in ruling as they have in the ‘Citizens United’ decision and related cases.

    The Supreme Court decisions giving these non-living entities the same rights as flesh & blood people made a Very Grave Mistake.. A Corporation is NOT a Person and should Not have the rights of a PERSON In The United States of America.

    Corporations are Not people, They are an entity Representing a group of people and are so created by law. People work For corporations. A Corporation Should in return, work for All The People who make the Corporation itself function, and then, for it’s investors, and in no way have influence outside of the Corporation itself. No Corporation of Any kind, at Any time, should be allowed any Political or Patronage influence in any manner, nor should they be allowed in any manner to Lobby, or employ or contract a Lobbyist(’s) in any manner. This in itself should be listed as a criminal act and Grounds for Revocation of any corporations charter or bylaws so allowing it’s existence. All Officers and Board members of a Corporation should be held accountable equally, and thus so punished equally as well, for Any criminal act with only Guilty or Not Guilty allowed. This should be, Without Exceptions.!
    Any Fraud perpetrated by a Corporation Should have a penalty of Five times To Twenty times that of the Damages. Plus an equal Fine and all Prosecution and Court Costs paid to the Government. Failure to pay in a prompt manner subjects them to Government Seizure And Prompt Sale, this Within 90 days of judgment. Regarding Any Appeal allowed, it should have a 150 percent Cash bond of the Judgment, so delivered to the courts at the time of and upon it’s application to guarantee all additional costs. This should be a mandatory requirement of the Rules of court regarding these matters.

    I once read that it was said: “I’ll believe a corporation is a person when the State of Texas EXECUTES one!” I have to say,, I’m Personally of the opinion that there are a great many that should be Executed, as well as the Upper-Management and The Board of Directors,, simply for the damage and harm that numerous ones have caused many of the real people that they so employed, or the Customers they have Harmed..

    I know this is not a perfect world we live in, but it won’t get any better unless we all work to change it. That starts with Corporations Now…

  8. Nancy Leimbacher | Reply

    I won’t be submitting a video, but I wholeheartedly support the movement to amend the constitution. Corporations are not people and money should not equal free speech. We also need to be vigilant about the widespread efforts in many states to suppress the vote. We need to encourage, not discourage, voting throughout the country so that one voice, not money or power, equals one vote.

  9. Thank you, Nancy. Well said! And that is one terrific phrase: “One voice, not money or power, equals one vote.” I’m going to remember that.

  10. The Red State Government Private Sector? Corporate Person-hood?
    In the government sector, purchase contracts are policed by Professional Procurement Agents (People you trust with your money). In the private sector you can buy anything you want for any price, if that is what your company has told you to do and it is not a vested personal interest of the Procurement Agent. Nothing wrong with this, we are free market society, unless Citizens United is use to protect State disclosure of Public Funds by those of Public Trust. I would take a serious look at the publication put out by Greg Abbott that allows the Texas State Government to act like a Private Sector Company or a Non-profit Company, so they can pay any price to anyone they want, and abuse the system by inside trading which includes illegal kickbacks protected by Citizens United from disclosure:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/94810059/Public-officers-Traps-of-the-unwary-2006-by-Texas-Attorney-General-Greg-Abbott

    I do not believe, Greg Abbott Texas Attorney General, wrote this pamphlet for this purpose or intent; however, it is being used to protect from disclosure and other questionable purposes.

  11. In the government sector, purchase contracts are policed by Professional Procurement Agents (People you trust with your money). In the private sector you can buy anything you want for any price, if that is what your company has told you to do and it is not a vested personal interest of the Procurement Agent. Nothing wrong with this, we are free market society, unless Citizens United is use to protect State disclosure of Public Funds by those of Public Trust. I would take a serious look at the publication put out by Greg Abbott that allows the Texas State Government to act like a Private Sector Company or a Non-profit Company, so they can pay any price to anyone they want, and abuse the system by inside trading which includes illegal kickbacks protected by Citizens United from disclosure:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/94810059/Public-officers-Traps-of-the-unwary-2006-by-Texas-Attorney-General-Greg-Abbott

    I do not believe, Greg Abbott Texas Attorney General, wrote this pamphlet for this purpose or intent; however, it is being used to protect from disclosure and other questionable purposes.

  12. Warren Alexander | Reply

    Sorry, I don’t own a video camera.
    Citizens United is a violation of the contistutional right of freedom of speech and the right to vote. The court equated freedom of speech and money. Any business organization that has more than one employee can be violating these basic tenets by donating a candidate. People contribute in various ways to a company coffers including the funds that are being contributed, but their choice of candidate may not be represented. This is a violation of any employee right to freedom of speech as they had no choice in the matter.

    It is unclear who makes the decision to give money and how much in a company. In the extreme a company of 100,000 workers can have their voices silenced by one person’s choice. This also includes shareholders, clients, and vendors whose goods and services make money and add to the reputation of the comapny and are now associated with the contribution. And in these days of the global economy, the decision could be made by a foreigner in direct violation fo federal law.

    These are all serious violations of the law because Scalia and his minions think the Supreme Court is their personal playground for their political and religious beliefs.

  13. Victoria Barkan | Reply

    People are human. A person (human) eats, poops and pees. A corporation, nonprofits and unions are not people. They do not eat, poop or pee. Every person whether they are in a corporation, nonprofit or union has the right to contribute to a political campaign. By calling corporations, nonprofits and unions people and allowing them to contribute unlimited funds to political campaigns simply steals money from those people in those corporations, nonprofits and unions who do not agree with the political backing of those corporations, nonprifits and unions. Thus giving misdirected or stolen representation. People eat, poop and pee. Corporations, nonprofits,and unions do not eat, poop or pee therefore are not people!

  14. I am an 84 year old kid that has voted for as many elections that i have been getting a ballot. this was my obligation and right. people died for the right to vote. when the supreme court steps onto my right then I have to speak out. no matter what my vote is i now have become become disenfranchised because the corporate money has now stepped up to the plate, dumped out my right, and filled it up with their money, not their souls. Corporations? not people!!!!!!!

    for someone that fought for people’s rights and against injustice that most of the time showed me on the right side, i now live in total fear of the nameless people who are taking my vote away. shameless!!!!!!!

  15. Sorry, much too difficult to do.

  16. China and Russia could form a non profit corporation here in the USA. Then, they financially could contribute so much money to this corporation and eventually have certain officials elected to Congress or other matters pertinent to governing our country. Therefore, I believe, corporations should not be allowed to use corporate money or corporate assets in any type of political campaigns.

    Another reason is that corporations can find ways to make these donations corporate expenses which will reduce the income of the corporation and they do not have to pay income taxes on this deduction to their incom. And, these deductible expenses from their income reduces the dividends they pay their stockholders and then they do not have to pay income taxes on their reduced income.

    Julius W. Sargent / Herb Larson

  17. We, in NC and other states, don’t have universal healthcare, because money buys policy in the US, and corporations have the greatest concentrated wealth with which to block policies they don’t want.* Inefficiencies of overlapping healthcare insurance and provider bureaucracies won’t be solved by oligopolized markets or by public officials beholden to those corporations for reelection. This is yet one more reason “Citizens United” must be undone.

    * http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Money_96.pdf

    Here’s my testimony, “NC Healthcare – Marsh”

    “(A corporation has) neither body to jail nor soul to damn.” – Lord Edward Thurlow (1731-1806). One might add “nor conscience to pique, nor death to ponder.”

    “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. … corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.” – attributed to A. Lincoln, letter to Col. William F. Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864.

    “For the corporation executives, the military metaphysic often coincides with their interest in a stable and planned flow of profit; it enables them to have their risk underwritten by public money; it enables them reasonably to expect that they can exploit for private profit now and later, the risky research developments paid for by public money. It is, in brief, a mask of the subsidized capitalism from which they extract profit and upon which their power is based.” – C. Wright Mills, Causes of World War 3, 1960.

    “Corporations, which previously had been considered artificial entities with no rights, were accorded all the rights of persons, and far more, since they are ‘immortal persons’, and ‘persons’ of extraordinary wealth and power. Furthermore, they were no longer bound to the specific purposes designated by State charter, but could act as they choose, with few constraints.” – Noam Chomsky.

    “The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” – Alex Carey, Australian social scientist, 1995.

    “The corporation is an externalizing machine (moving its operating costs and risks to external organizations and people), in the same way that a shark is a killing machine.” – Robert Monks (2003) Republican candidate for Senate from Maine and corporate governance adviser in the film “The Corporation”.

  18. Gerald.P.O'Driscoll | Reply

    I have lost interest in the November election, because I no longer believe that my vote can have any meaning, when it is weighed against the power of a corporation, with enormous financial resources, which is also judged to have the rights and privileges of an individual voter. There is a ludicrous rejection of balance here, which makes a mockery of ‘Government of the People, by the People, for the People.’

  19. I am never really sure at what angel I should address issues which have great potential to weaken our rights and our membership as citizens of The United Sates. When I hear anyone say ”after all, Corporations are people too” I want to show that person, or group, what the Founding fathers said about Corporate monies and how that influences government if allowed. This is why I strongly believe those who say it are in favor of the Corporations over the rest of us and that is what they are working toward.

    The Founders knew from pre-Revolutionary War history the British Corporations, and others (see more below), so influenced the governing of the colonies in their own favor. The Founders feared that influence so they put in place protections for us to help prevent that corporate influence leading to dominance. As it might have been expected Corporations have done its part over the years, especially since the Civil War, to erode those protections. The Founders came up with “Separation Of Corporations And State” but I am not sure why they didn’t put it into the Constitution but I believe they felt “We The People” would have more control through the States. It isn’t working out that way so it needs to be in there.

    I also believe the founders were of the belief that its takes a human heart beat, to start with, to determine citizenship. I will extend my opinion by saying “If corporations have the power of citizenship, and that extends to the right to vote through influence or an actual “corporate” vote in an public election (after all where could this be leading?), they in a way have two votes, the personal vote of the executive as a “living Citizen” and their corporate vote as a ‘walking dead’. How is that fair to the rest of us? Now lets hear from opthers.

    “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare to challenge our government to a trial by strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” — Thomas Jefferson. 1816

    This quote clearly shows the intent by our founding fathers that the people and the peoples’ government be protected from the financial power of the corporations. We have already tasted the greed and corruption that corporate influence brings to our government in the form of impotence in legislation.  http://articles.mcall.com/2010-02-02/news/4521385_1_campaign-financing-supreme-court-strength-and-bid-defiance

    From what they had been through with the Hudson Bay and British East India Company, most of Mr. Jefferson’s generation were well aware of the dangers that powerful corporations pose to democracy. And that’s why the word “corporation” is nowhere to be found in the Constitution and also why control of corporations was left to the states because they could keep a closer eye on the corporations. :-).

    More at http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2012/01/even_founding_fathers_had_conc.html

  20. As I recall, corporations were given legal status as persons so that no owner of the corporation would be liable for the debts of the corporation. I do not recall that a corporation was ever given the right to vote. Thus, I do not see why corporations should be allowed to make political contributions. I see that allowing corporations to make political contributions has totally destroyed the concept of “One citizen, one vote” by their newly given right to buy elections, especially by disseminating half truths which are only partially true, and using these half truths to frighten voters in reacting against the half truth. Thus, I do not see that the Constitution needs to be amended, but only that current rights be enforced. However, if amendment is the only way by which American democracy can be restored, then I would have to support such an amendment.

  21. Edward V. Mase | Reply

    We need transparency in our government, and corporations hiding behind their corproate status can and does much harm to the majority of this nationa and around the world. We do very good acts and very bad ones too, but the good ones do not make up for what we do wrong. Buying votes and buying democracy should not be legal ever. Be brave and rise up. Put our country back on track where human values are admired and not wealth or status.

  22. Victoria Barkan | Reply

    Great comment!

  23. Government and Constitution should be For, Of and By the people. More people dont appreciate our freedom and traded sides with oppressors who tried to take it away. They want us to be back where we were before; the Holocost, Great Depression, Cold War, WWI, WWII, Black Slavery, Jim Crow Laws, Indentured Serventry, etc. And an increasing number of people go right along with it!

  24. Charlotte Stubbs | Reply

    We have allowed this to happen. Only 30% of us bother to vote and most do not vote intelligently. They simply vote for a certain party or because they like his/her smile. I research each candidate. Did you know there is a Republican candidate who actually gives a crap about the little guy? You haven’t heard of him because he’s gay and the party will not allow him to debate. Go to http://www.fredkarger.com/ There are a lot of candidates who would be better then the big 2. I’ve had it with both parties who only care about THEIR power. Each week I get pleas from both parties asking for money to WASTE on their campaigns. We need extreme election reform and reform on bills and laws. There are too many BS laws on the books and they are passing more every day. We have soldiers giving their lives to protect oil interests and the rich. We should have NEVER went to Iraq. You can’t give Democracy as a present. It must be earned by the people who WANT it. We need to take back our democratic republic. If we want things to change we have to do it……the big 2 will never do it, they enjoy their power much to much. It’s funny that Americans will cross an ocean to fight for the rights of others but will not move out of their Easy chair to vote. The Supreme Court is NOT on the side of the Regular Joe. Neither party is on his/her side either. Our system has broken down and needs to be fixed NOW.

  25. Regarding Mr. Perry Callas’s comments:

    Thank you for your thoughts and video. You make several good points, and your video is excellent. Your account of your grand-parents’ immigration is fascinating, and your thoughts are well organized and stated.

    I must stress that I am not opposed to the use of videos to deliver the message that, presumably, we all espouse: “Citizens United” was an abominable decision, and it appears that only a Constitutional Amendment can overturn it.

    My objection is that the “People’s Testimony” site elected to use video exclusively, which as I stated previously, effectively disenfranchises untold numbers of people who either cannot or will not use this medium. My computer has the capabilities necessary to create and up-load videos, but as I have explained, I prefer not to do so. I fully support the site’s effort, and I would have no complaint if they had provided other means to address Congress, in addition to videos.

    Many organizations still use “Old-Fashioned” petitions successfully to address politicians. The statement of grievances and proposed remedies is brief, taking less than three minutes to read. The weight of the petition (literally and figuratively) is the number of signatures attached, and it has been well adapted to the Internet and modern technology. President Obama used it and “social media” with outstanding success in his campaigns.

    Videos are unquestionably a very personal tool for reaching politicians, but I suspect that the impact of thousands of videos on the recipients has not been fully considered by “People’s Testimony.” If each video is between one and two minutes long, the viewer can watch no more than 30 to 60 videos an hour. It’s unlikely that most politicians will be eager to undertake that task, or assign one or more aides or staffers to do it for them. Their reaction could be anger and rejection, rather than, at the least, polite acceptance of our efforts and appeals.

    Let us not discard videos, but let us also remember that modern technology provides many means for disseminating views, opinions, and requests. We should use all of them, especially for an effort as important as this one.

    Thank you.

  26. Go, Louis! It’s wonderful that you are capturing my sentiments exactly, when relatively few seem to be tuned into this issue. You also dug out important related points in this communication that I had not thought of. You expressed everything concisely and with the weight of reason. In short, you made my day. I hope a few other readers had the same experience! Most of all, I hope this all gets through and makes a difference in this website’s methods.

    1. Thank you, John.

      I try to use facts as much as possible, and to make it clear when I am stating opinion. We desperately need facts, but political and social decisions are being driven by ideology, which I call “institutionalized idiocy.”

  27. [...] amendment to overturn Citizens United, grassroots action is more important than ever. The People’s Testimony, a project of United for the People, is gathering testimonies about the impact of money in politics [...]

  28. We musty STAND UP and FIGHT to take our democracy back from the bankers, and corporations that believe they can buy our government with money. This has been going on for WAY TOO LONG. Ever since the Industrial Revolution, banks (foreign and domestic) and corporatons have stolen our democracy for themselves and their profits. Time to stand up and DEMAND CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM and STOP THE REVOLVING DOOR BETWEEN LOBBYISTS AND CONGRESS!!!!

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