Rep. Susan Davis Supports Constitutional Amendment to Repeal Citizens United Ruling
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) cosponsored a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court ruling that allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on campaigns.
“We need to restore accountability in our political process,” said Rep. Davis. “We are supposed to have a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The integrity of our democracy is at stake when corporations can drown out the voices of the people in our elections.”
On January 21, 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people saying Congress cannot limit their spending on campaigns. As a result, the Citizens United case opened the floodgates to unrestricted special interest campaign spending in American elections—permitting corporations to spend unlimited funds, directly or through third parties and political action committees organized for those purposes, to influence federal elections and opened the door for the emergence of super PACs.
According to opensecrets.org, more than $804 million was spent in the 2014 election cycle by outside sources.
The proposed constitutional amendment states that the U.S. Constitution does not prohibit Congress and the states from imposing regulations and restrictions on the spending for political activity by any corporation or other corporate entity.