The court has allowed major corporations and other special interests to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into our elections, effectively buying up chunks of our federal, state and local governments. It's time to choke off this corrupting flow of money. To do that, we need a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and declare that only people are people.
In a series of decisions including Citizens United v. FEC, (2010) and McCutcheon v. FEC (2014), the U.S. Supreme Court has dramatically expanded the ability of wealthy individuals, corporations and groups to spend as much as they like to influence elections.
We support a constitutional amendment permitting Congress and the states to set reasonable limits on political spending. Our leadership has been instrumental in the passage of ballot measures and legislative resolutions in 16 states and about 500 localities, calling on Congress to pass an amendment and send it to the states for ratification. These jurisdictions are home to more than 120 million Americans.
An amendment would simply allow Congress and the state to restore campaign finance limits in place for decades before the court unveiled its new reading of the Constitution. Free speech thrived in that era and would again with an amendment in place. Without this change, big money interests will continue to use their immense resources as a megaphone, drowning out the free speech of individuals and groups of more modest means. We believe everyone should have a right to be heard.
We cannot allow five Supreme Court Justices to have the last word on our democracy!