Last fall Ben & Jerry’s became the first high-profile company to support Occupy Wall Street. Shortly thereafter, they became the first ice cream company to piss off a concerned-mothers organization with their Schweddy Balls flavor, commemorating Alec Baldwin’s classic SNL skit.
Now Ben & Jerry’s is pushing buttons again by launching a campaign to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision Citizens United.
Thanks to Stephen Colbert, most of us know that Citizens United lifted the limits on anonymous political donations, helping make 2012 the most insanely over-funded election ever, and giving Mitt Romney 26 times more money through SuperPAC groups than his GOP competitors.
Following Colbert’s efforts to raise awareness about SuperPAC groups, Ben & Jerry’s has started a new petition campaign to get the Supreme Court to reverse Citizens United. At GetTheDoughOut.org, the company writes:
There’s way too much money in American politics. It’s drowning out people’s voices, especially since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision gave corporations the green light to spend limitless sums of money to influence our elections. We are building a movement of engaged citizens and responsible business leaders working together to oppose this decision and Get the Dough Out of Politics. Our goal is to take back American democracy, and over-rule the Supreme Court, with a Constitutional Amendment that will keep corporate money out of our elections.
Despite being owned by gigantic corporation Unilever (which also sells Dove soap and Axe body spray) Ben & Jerry’s maintains the spirit of the little guy. You’ve gotta love this company (even if their ice cream isn’t quite what it used to be.) Sign the petition here. And while you’re helping B&J’s petition the Supreme Court, anyone up for a starting a petition to bring back Wavy Gravy?