Hillary’s Support for a Constitutional Amendment Reflects Widespread Recognition That Democracy Is Being Co-Opted By Billionaires and Corporations

Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen

Note: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today announced four campaign planks, one being to “fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of politics once and for all, even if that requires a constitutional amendment.”

Hillary Clinton today not only expresses support for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and restore our democracy, she makes it a central pillar of her campaign. This move reflects the basic reality – recognized by the vast majority of Americans – that our democracy is being stripped away by a handful of Citizens United-enabled billionaires and giant corporations. It is also directly responsive to a rising grassroots movement demanding that the Constitution be amended to overturn Citizens United and restore We the People as sovereign.