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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Poll Shows Americans Favor an Overhaul of Campaign Financing

Americans across the political spectrum fundamentally reject unchecked spending in our elections, made possible by Supreme Court Decisions such as Citizens United v. FEC and Buckley v. Valeo. According to a June New York Times/CBS News Poll, there is deep support among Republican and Democrat voters alike for measures that would restrict the influence of Super PACs and for more disclosure of election spending.

In addition, the poll found that many voters reject the argument the ongoing Supreme Court jurisprudence on campaign finance that asserts political money is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.

In a follow-up interview from the New York Times, Teri Holland, 67, a former database manger and self-identified Republican from New Mexico comments:

“I think it’s an obscene thing the Supreme Court did. The old-boy system is kind of dead, but now it’s the rich system. The rich decide what’s going to happen because the Supreme Court allows PACs to have civil rights.”

Do you agree with the viewpoints of Teri Holland and similar voters? Let us know in the comments.