nearvideo Senate Democrats propose change to take effect to overturn Supreme court’s citizens United decision
The Supreme court in 2010 decided in the citizens United case, that the laws that limited corporations and unions from using their cash for political advertising violated the First Amendment; Mark Meredith reports.
Senate Democrats led by Tom Udall, D-N. M., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building to announce on Tuesday its plans to launch aimed at an amendment to the Constitution, drastically the landscape of the political contributions changed.
The democracy for All Amendment, introduction of Udall, it would be with the Federal government-and to put country governments restrictions on fundraising and spending for the purpose of influencing elections. Your goal is, effectively, the Supreme court decision in citizens United v. Federal elections Commission, which held tilt that political spending is a kind of speech-and that corporations and other organizations enjoy First Amendment protection just as people do, as long as your money does not go directly to campaigns.
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“Corporations are not people, and their net value should not determine your right to free speech,” said Udall.
“People say they want to get rid of the swamp, citizens United, the embodiment of the swamp,” Schumer added. “It is a decision for the rich and powerful, it has no basis in the basic law … we will stop it, we need to stop our democracy depends on it,” he added.
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Udall previously introduced the amendment in 2015. In order for it to be a part of the Constitution, it must be a two-thirds majority in both the house and Senate, and ratification by at least 38 States.
Also on Tuesday, Udall and Sen., Martin Heinrich, D-N. M., introduced, to Act the Fair elections Now, what to a new system of public financing for Senate candidates.
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“We have to Finance a broken campaign, with the billionaires and corporations outsized influence in our elections, all while hiding in the shadows,” Heinrich said in a statement. exercise “This law helps make the means of restoring public trust in the Congress elections, which is currently the candidate force constantly chasing money for their campaign coffers. Our elections are fair and open, and the results should ensure that every citizen an equal voice in our democracy.”