Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
Today’s [U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee] hearing is a historic step forward to adopting the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That amendment will re-establish the authority of We the People, acting through Congress and the states, to regulate and limit campaign spending.
In so doing, the amendment will undo nearly 40 years of restrictive U.S. Supreme Court rulings. It will overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) and its misguided holding that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as real, live, breathing human beings to influence election outcomes. It will overturn McCutcheon v. FEC, with its holding that the only justification for limits on campaign donations is to prevent criminal bribery. And it will overturn Buckley v. Valeo – the case holding that “money equals speech” and imposing Supreme Court-made constitutional obstacles to imposing limits on what can be spent on elections.
It will help restore the most basic understanding of democracy: that the people – not the corporations, not the plutocrats – rule.