Two Geezers on Cross-Country March to Protest Campaign Finance Ruling

By Jared

Sep 17, 2010 1:10pm

ABC News' Ariane de Vogue reports:    Two brothers, Laird and Robin Monahan, who are 67 and 70, are walking from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. to protest the campaign finance decision by the Supreme Court last term.    "It drives us to this irrational act of two old geezers walking across the United States," Robin told Ohio's Chillicothe Gazette during a pause in their trip.    The brothers believe the decision, Citizens United, which found that the government may not forbid political spending by corporations in elections will corrupt elections.    "It would be wonderful if the decision became an issue in the election," Robin told ABC.    

President Obama hopes so too. Thursday night, according to Michael O'Brien of The Hill, the President said:    "Right now, all across the country, special interests are planning and running millions of dollars of attack ads against Democratic candidates" the article quoted the President as saying.     Laird, a retired merchant seaman, and Robin, a retired nurse, have their own website ( and say they have no sponsors but are endorsed by a few left leaning groups.   They say they are not talking to "the leadership of Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers or Libertarians" but that they hope to engage tea partiers to "get their support on this one issue."   They say they will reach Washington by election day and hope to gain followers in their quest to abolish what they think the Supreme Court decision created: "corporate personhood."   — Ariane de Vogue

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