Citizens United and Campaign Finance Reform

The 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC was a victory for special interests at the expense of the American people.

It said that corporations deserve the same free speech protections as people, enabling them to spend freely from their corporate treasuries on campaign ads. It also gave rise to Super PACs which spent more than $1 billion in the 2012 election, mostly on negative ads. As much as $400 million of this total came in the form of secret donations.

Tom has called out Super PACs, including the NRA – of which Tom has not accepted any political contributions – that have had a stranglehold on Congress. He has called on his colleagues to resist Super PACs as well. Tom has made reforming this system one of his highest priorities.

That’s why he introduced a constitutional amendment to reverse the disastrous effect this decision has had on our democracy.

The amendment would allow Congress to regulate Super PACs and would give the states the same authority to regulate campaign finance at their level. The amendment would effectively rein in the unprecedented flood of secret money in campaigns.

Tom also supports the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act which does exactly what the title suggests — puts an end to secretive campaign spending.

There’s a lot we need to fix with campaign finance. Tom believes that the American people deserve to know where the deluge of money financing these new shadow campaign operations is coming from.