The U.S. Supreme Court made the wrong decision in Citizens United. It is on We The People to reverse their mistake.
We deserve a democracy in which each of us is represented and has a voice — and a government that works for every American, not just the wealthy few. Unfortunately, over the last 50 years the U.S. Supreme Court has made several bad decisions when it comes to money in politics. Most notably, Buckley v. Valeo (1976) and Citizens United v. FEC (2010) have brought more imbalance to our political system, given a bigger voice to wealthy special interests, and eroded our campaign finance laws.
The 2010 Citizens United decision allowed corporations and special interest groups to spend unlimited amounts to influence elections, potentially giving them a dangerous amount of influence over decisions that should be left to individual voters.
It is now on us to fix the Supreme Court’s mistakes and build a stronger democracy. That’s why Common Cause has joined with hundreds of partner organizations to support a campaign to amend the U.S. Constitution and overturn Citizens United. Since 2010, 19 states and nearly 800 local governments have called on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and similar decisions.
In 2014, the majority of the U.S. Senate voted for the Democracy for All amendment that would add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that permits Congress and state legislatures to put sensible limits on political spending. Unfortunately, the bill was blocked by a Republican filibuster.