STATEMENT: CAP’s Sam Berger Applauds Introduction of Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
Washington, D.C. — Today, Senate Democrats reintroduced the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United and allow for reasonable limits on money spent to influence elections. It would also allow Congress and state legislatures to distinguish corporations from people in order to limit corporate political spending. Following the introduction of the amendment, Sam Berger, vice president of Democracy and Government Reform at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
Citizens United helped usher in a new era in which huge sums of money—often from anonymous, dark-money donors and foreign-influenced corporations—swamp our campaigns. At the same time, an unprecedented conservative effort to pack the federal courts, also funded by anonymous dark-money donors, has given the country extreme right-wing judges who refuse to allow reasonable limits on money in politics. We should be doing everything we can to ensure that our democracy works for all Americans.
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