Vote Shows Momentum to Get Money Out of Politics
By Jonah Minkoff-Zern
Momentum around getting money out of politics continues to grow, and we just reached another milestone.
The New Hampshire Senate today approved HB 504, making New Hampshire the 20th state to call for an amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision, get money out of politics and restore elections to the people. The state Senate vote follows the March 19 approval of HB 504 by the state House of Representatives.
Today's vote brings the national movement beyond the symbolic halfway point of the 38 states needed to ratify a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court ruling, which allowed unlimited money from wealthy and corporate donors to flood elections.
We got here thanks to the energy of New Hampshire residents, who are fed up with their voices being drowned out by corporations and the wealthy. Over the past seven years, we have worked with an energized coalition to pass 82 local resolutions in support of an amendment. We have held countless rallies in Concord and marches at other locations across the state. Thousands of residents have attended hearings, called state lawmakers and signed petitions in support of an amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Today’s vote brings the national movement beyond the symbolic halfway point of the 38 states needed to ratify a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court ruling, which allowed unlimited money from wealthy and corporate donors to flood elections. The New Hampshire governor’s support is not necessary to ratify an amendment.
BREAKING: The New Hampshire Senate just passed a bill calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
It's now the 20th state to call for an amendment. That's more than half the states needed to win. https://t.co/1yIvMhHaQ0
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) June 6, 2019
With New Hampshire joining the national movement to support overturning Citizens United, limiting corporate influence on federal lawmakers is within arm’s reach. Today’s vote should signal to the U.S. Senate that it should vote on the For the People Act (H.R. 1), which contains a host of democracy reforms, including a call for overturning Citizens United.