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Group protests Citizens United ruling

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A group of activists came together in Syracuse on Friday in an attempt to get the voters' voice back into politics.

In 2010, a Supreme Court ruling known as 'Citizens United' loosened campaign finance regulations, allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns.

On the third anniversary of that ruling, local groups supporting the "Money Out, Voters In" movement gathered to express their reform ideas. They are asking Congress to overturn the Citizens United ruling in an attempt to prevent big corporations from controlling politics.

"It's not meant to be manipulated by corporations that really use our laws and our legal system for their own gain, usually disrespecting communities and really not having our best interest at heart," said Ursula Rozum, Move to Amend organizer.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is also in support of getting big money out of politics. He's called for more fair elections, including public financing, early full disclosure of spending, and a much lower contribution limit.

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