Delegate Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha, who supported past legislative efforts to fight Citizens United, said overturning it would "take diligence. ... People will have to continue to fight."
Jonah Minkoff-Zern, from Public Citizen's "Democracy Is For People" campaign, said seven states and 300 cities and counties across the country have already passed resolutions calling for Citizens United to be overturned.
St. Albans is one of them.
Minkoff-Zern stressed the non-partisan nature of opposition to Citizens United.
"Recent polls showed that 80 percent of people in the U.S. oppose Citizens United. That includes 79 percent of Republicans, 81 percent of Democrats and 80 percent of independents.
"This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. 'We the People' find our voices are heard less and less," he said.
Hedda Haning, a retired Charleston physician and member of Physicians for a National Healthcare Plan, attended Tuesday's gathering.
"Are corporations people?" she asked. "Rights are inherent for people, but they don't apply to corporations. Money is not equivalent to speech."
The four groups issued a statement pointing out that super PACs, trade associations and other organizations "have spent millions of dollars to sway elections [this year], in some cases outspending individual campaigns by a ratio of two to one.
"In West Virginia, political candidates have raised millions of dollars from super PACs and wealthy donors."
In the current election cycle, these groups have already spent $1.7 million to influence elections, according to data from the West Virginia Secretary of State's office.Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.