For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 14, 2016
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End Citizens United Executive Director Tiffany Muller released the following statement in reaction to the House Democrats’ release of their campaign agenda for the 2016 elections. The agenda includes a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and the DISCLOSE Act, which will shine a light on Dark Money in our elections.
“The House Democrats recognize the damage Citizens United is having on our democracy. The system is rigged in favor of billionaires and corporate special interests. These proposals will limit the corrosive and corrupting influence of unlimited and undisclosed special interest spending. End Citizens United will fight for these reforms to restore a voice in our politics for American families.”
End Citizens United also thanked Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD), a leader on campaign finance reform, who unveiled the provisions at the Democratic announcement, saying, “Democrats know that the rise of secret money and unlimited outside spending by unaccountable Super PACs is eroding the public’s trust in our elections…And Democrats recognize that the public feels powerless and left out, that the wealthy and well-connected have too much influence over our politics, that big donors use our outdated campaign finance system to warp the candidate field and to influence the policy agenda in Congress.”
A survey conducted earlier this year on behalf of End Citizens United showed that 75% of voters have an unfavorable opinion of the Citizens United decision. The same survey showed the issue of reducing the influence of special interest money in politics was the second priority of Independent voters – only behind stopping terrorism.
End Citizens United PAC was established in March 2015 to counter the disastrous effects of Citizens United and reform our campaign finance system. To date, more than 1.5 million grassroots members from every state and territory have taken action to support End Citizens United.