Citizens United

Courtesy of the Supreme Court, American democracy is now for sale to the highest bidder.  

In a stunning display of judicial activism at its worst, the Court declared in January 2010 that corporate political spending does not corrupt elected officials -- opening the floodgates to unlimited political spending by wealthy special interests.  

Citizens United is a wake-up call for all Americans concerned for our democracy.  In 2013, Common Cause pressured the Illinois legislature to pass legislation calling for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. As of 2017, 17 states in total oppose the Citizens United ruling, and efforts to mitigate the effects in other states continue.

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