Get Big Money out of politics: Overturn Citzens United!

Why we need to Overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics

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During the 2008 election, a conservative non-profit organization called "Citizens United" produced Hillary: The Movie, a documentary critical of then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Because of the political nature of the movie and Citizens United's plan to air it on cable television, the movie was deemed an "electioneering communication" by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and so was subject to rules governing the production of political ads. Citizens United sued to overturn the FEC decision, eventually taking its case to the Supreme Court.

After two hearings, a 5-4 majority of the high court ruled that corporations, unions and other special interests have a constitutional right to spend as much as they like to advocate the election or defeat of political candidates. Laws that bar those interests from contributing directly to candidates remain in place but the ruling lifted controls that had been around for decades on "independent" political spending.

Since the decision, that independent spending has skyrocketed. Campaign spending figures compiled by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics indicate that "independent" groups put more than $1 billion into the 2012 election, with more than $300 million of that coming from groups that do not disclose their donors.

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!

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