Why GOP State Leaders Should Support A Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

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Former Wyoming Senator, Alan Simpson is featured in The Daily Caller with a new piece explaining why GOP state leaders should support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Key excerpts are highlighted below:


On January 21, 2010, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court unleashed a veritable flood of money into our political system by ruling that, contrary to longstanding precedent, unions and corporations may spend unlimited amounts of money to promote or defeat candidates.

The ruling also led to the rise of SuperPACs in our elections and unlimited spending from wealthy individuals. A recent assessment shows how substantial the impact of the ruling has been on our current presidential election, with fewer than 400 families being responsible for almost half the money raised so far in the 2016 presidential campaign.


In the wake of the Citizen United ruling more than five years ago, millions of Americans across the political spectrum have mobilized in support of a constitutional amendment that would overturn that ruling and restore republican democracy to the people.  People across the nation, regardless of their political affiliation, are making clear that corporations or unions should not be able to spend internal funds to influence elections. The First Amendment was crafted for exercise by individual persons – and it was never imagined there would be such a concept as corporate or union “personhood.”


The ruling also led to the rise of SuperPACs in our elections and unlimited spending from wealthy individuals. A recent assessment shows how substantial the impact of the ruling has been on our current presidential election, with fewer than 400 families being responsible for almost half the money raised so far in the 2016 presidential campaign.


No one has a First Amendment right to drown out other people’s speech.

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Former Sen. Bob Dole Calls Out Citizens United

In an interview with the AARP Bulletin, Bob Dole, former GOP presidential candidate and 47th Chairman of the Republican National Committee, recently commented on the role of money in politics.

What has been the biggest change in presidential politics since you were the Republican nominee in 1996?
Money. Now they talk about raising $1 billion to run for president. It’s unreal. We need to do something to stop all this money in politics. I’ve always believed when people give big money, they — maybe silently — expect something in return.

In another exchange, we was asked, “Do you think you could have been the nominee if money had played such an important role back then? (1996)”. His response:

I don’t think so. And I might not be conservative enough to be the nominee today.

In his interview, Dole did not mention the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, but his view on money in politics seemed clear.

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Lindsey Graham Says We Need an Amendment to Fix Money in Politics

In April at an event in New Hampshire, Senator Lindsey Graham was asked a question about what he would do to fight big money in politics. In his response, Graham pointed to the need for a constitutional amendment to address the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United:

Well, Citizens United has gotta be fixed. Y’all agree with that? You’re gonna need a constitutional amendment to fix this problem. I was for McCain-Feingold, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that provisions in McCain-Feingold basically no longer apply.

You’re gonna get sick of watching TV in New Hampshire. So the next President of the United States needs to get a commission of really smart people and find a way to create a constitutional amendment to limit the role of super PACs because there’s gonna be like $100M spent on races in New Hampshire — which’ll be good for this TV station — ripping everybody apart. You don’t even know who the people are supplying the money, you don’t even know their agenda. Eventually we’re gonna destroy American politics with so much money in the political process cause they’re going to turn you off to wanting to vote.

Senator Graham previously spoke out against the big money takeover of our elections n March, Bloomberg’s David Weigel wrote about a comment Graham made to a voter — again, in New Hampshire — about his desire to see some “control” over money in politics so it won’t “destroy the political process.”

“It’s the wild, wild West,” Graham told voters in Barrington, N.H., this month, adding: “What I worry about is that we are turning campaigns over to about 100 people in this country, and they are going to be able to advocate their cause at the expense of your cause.”

We acknowledge that support for the amendment is key, however Senator Graham voted against the Democracy For All Amendment, which would overturn decisions like Citizens United and Bucky v. Valeo.