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 Council (ASBC) partners with business organizations and companies to advocate for solutions and policies that support an equitable, sustainable, stakeholder economy. We are a multi-issue, business organization advocating on behalf of all sectors, sizes, and geographies of industry. ASBC and our association members collectively represent over 250,000 businesses across our networks.

We are coalition-focused in our approach to solving the pervasive and systemic issues of climate and energy, infrastructure, circular economy, and creating an inclusive stakeholder economy, all seen through the lens of racial equity and justice. We are changing the rules by which business is done so it is better for all people and the environment