U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) added her name to a constitutional amendment that will level the playing field by limiting the amount of money being spent in our nation’s elections. The amendment would effectively repeal the Citizens United case where the Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend unlimited amounts of money in an election.
“The voices of everyday Americans are being drowned out by the corporate dollars being poured into our elections,” said Davis. “A priority of the government should be to ensure the people have a voice because our nation is stronger when we’re all involved in the decision making. This constitutional amendment will ensure that we continue to have a government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Under Citizens United, the Supreme Court essentially ruled that corporations are people saying Congress cannot limit their spending on campaigns. As a result, this opened the floodgates to unrestricted campaign spending of special interests in American elections.
According to opensecrets.org, more than $1.2 billion was spent in the 2012 election cycle by outside sources.
The proposed constitutional amendment simply says, “Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.”
This proposed constitutional amendment in the House is a companion piece to a Senate version that was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee this month.