Update- President Endorses SuperPac Use AND Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United

President Obama has thrown in the towel and capitulated to the domination of our elections and government by SuperPACs, funded by corporations and millionaires. And his campaign, of course, is not “coordinating” it’s only “signaling”.

A possible silver lining: Now that the candidates and both major parties have accepted the reality that they are owned by corporations and the wealthy, is fundamental reform at last possible?

It may be. Among the other signals, President Obama appears to be endorsing a Constitutional amendment solution that will overturn Citizens United and related doctrines that have improperly twisted the Constitution of “We the people” into a protector of privilege.

Now, will the Republican candidates join him in recognizing the reality of what is needed to restore republican democracy in America?

UPDATE:  George Zornick at the Nation has a good piece on these developments.

And here are reactions from People for the American WayPublic Citizen,  and the Wall Street Journal.

About Jeff Clements

Jeff Clements is co-founder and chair of the board of Free Speech for People, a national non-partisan campaign to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, challenge excessive corporate power, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He co-founded Free Speech For People in 2010, after representing several public interest organizations with a Supreme Court amicus brief in the Citizens United case. Jeff has served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public Protection Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. As Bureau Chief, he led more than 100 staff in the enforcement of environmental, healthcare, financial services, civil rights, antitrust and consumer protection laws. In private practice, Jeff has been a partner at Mintz Levin in Boston, and in his own firm. Jeff also has served in leadership capacities on numerous boards, including that of the Portland Water District, a public agency responsible for protecting and delivering safe drinking water and ensuring proper treatment of wastewater for 160,000 people; Friends of Casco Bay, an environmental organization he co-founded with others to protect and enhance stewardship of Maine’s Casco Bay; and The Waldorf School in Lexington, Massachusetts. In 2012, Jeff co-founded Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides cost-effective capital to farmers and businesses engaged in local, sustainable agriculture. Jeff graduated with distinction in History and Government from Colby College in 1984, and magna cum laude from the Cornell Law School in 1988. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife and three children. Jeff Clements Twitter: @ClementsJeff Email: jclements@freespeechforpeople.org
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