End Citizens United // Let America Vote President Tiffany Muller released the following statement praising Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Senator Ben Ray Luján for re-introducing the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision:
“Ever since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, our democracy has been undermined by the wave of special interest money in our elections. In the 2020 election alone, there was a record of over $3.2 billion dollars in outside spending. Their ability to spend unlimited amounts of money to swing elections undermines the voice and vote of Americans and leads to further distrust in government.
“The American people are tired of billionaires and corporations being able to buy policy outcomes and elections. For an overwhelming majority of Americans, getting big money out of politics is a bipartisan issue they agree on. They understand that progress on the issues important to them–lowering prescription drug costs, tackling climate change, and building up small businesses to create good paying jobs–is not possible until we rid our politics of big money.
“That’s why it’s so important that Senator Shaheen, Senator Luján, and the rest of the Senate co-sponsors have once again introduced the Democracy for All Amendment, and we thank Senators Shaheen and Luján for their leadership in fighting to protect the voice of the people.”
The amendment, which currently has 15 original cosponsors, takes aim at the 2010 Supreme Court decision by giving Congress and states the ability to set common sense rules on political spending by corporate PACs, wealthy special interests, and others. H.J. Res. 1, the House companion of the Senate amendment, was introduced in January and has 85 co-sponsors.