KRWG: Udall Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

Commentary: Today, just days after the seventh anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, joined by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and other cosponsors in the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, reintroduced the Democracy for All amendment to restore democratic power to the American people. The constitutional amendment would overturn Citizens United and allow limits on corporate political spending to get big money out of politics. In addition to Udall and Heinrich, the bill is cosponsored by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.).

The Citizens United decision granted corporations and other private entities the First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence public elections and prohibited any election laws that would regulate their spending. The Democracy for All Amendment returns the right to regulate elections to the people by clarifying that Congress and the states can set reasonable regulations on campaign finance and distinguish between individuals and corporations in the law…(cont.)