Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, and Senator John McCain, Republican from Arizona, have joined together to file a brief in the Supreme Court in the Montana challenge to unlimited corporate money in elections. They argue that the Court should “revisit Citizens United’s finding that vast independent expenditures do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” Here’s the release with a link to the brief.
Senator McCain has called Citizens United “the worst decision” and that the Court should be “ashamed.” “What the Supreme Court did is a combination of arrogance, naivete and stupidity the likes of which I have never seen,” says McCain.
Senator Whitehouse has been a leader in calling for a Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United, and to restore fair and free elections where all Americans have a voice. I was happy and grateful to have Senator Whitehouse join me at a Corporations Are Not People book event at People for the American Way a few months ago, and presented him with a copy of the United States Constitution from Free Speech for People: