Feb. 24, 2010

Sens. Dodd, Udall Deserve Kudos for Effort to Overturn Citizens United Case

Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen

The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission  - holding that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited sums from their treasuries to influence election outcomes - strikes at the heart of our democracy by undermining our ability to conduct fair elections. Preserving our democracy requires the decision to be overturned; in the absence of the court reversing itself, that means we need a constitutional amendment. Public Citizen applauds the courage and leadership of Sens. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) in introducing a constitutional amendment today to undo the damage perpetrated by Citizens United.