ASBC Comments on Troubling SCOTUS Decisions

Media Release

Washington, D.C. — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and the 250,000 responsible businesses, business coalitions, and investors we represent are deeply disappointed with the decisions today of the U.S. Supreme Court that erode voting rights and transparency. These rulings are an important reminder of why ASBC has supported the For the People Act to protect and expand voting rights and impose additional transparency in campaign finance.

In Brnovich v. DNC, the Court dismantled yet another protection in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, compounding the damage done in its 2013 Shelby County decision, in supporting new restrictions on voting by the Arizona Legislature.

In Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, the court overturned a California law requiring transparency, backing a Koch Brothers supported political action committee and allowing wealthy special interests to take advantage of loopholes in the law to set up vehicles for secret, ‘dark money’ spending on elections.

While these decisions are extremely troubling, they may only be a temporary setback if Congress will act swiftly to adopt the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act—transformational federal legislation that would work to eradicate unjust voting laws, put an end to the dominance of dark money in our elections, and ensure every American has a strong voice in our democracy.

The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) is a partner to businesses and the investor community to bring collective wisdom and public policy solutions to the systemic issues negatively impacting our society and planet. Founded through the merger of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC), ASBN rejects short-term thinking narrowly focused on just shareholder value in favor of a capitalism based on creating long-term value and being accountable to all stakeholders: owners, workers, families, community, environment, state, nation, and world. As a multi-issue, membership organization advocating on behalf of every business sector, size, and geography, ASBN and its association members collectively represent over 250,000 businesses across our networks.