Senators John McCain and Sheldon Whitehouse File Bipartisan Call for Reconsideration of Citizens United

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:

Corporations Are Not People Author Jeff Clements presents Constitution to Senator Whitehouse

About Jeff Clements

Jeff serves as President of American Promise. He has practiced law for three decades in public service and private practice, and is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. He is also the founder of Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides sustainable financing to businesses in the local agriculture economy. Previously, Jeff has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts. Jeff has helped to start and been a board member of many non-profit organizations and businesses. Today, in addition to the board of American Promise, he serves on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts. Twitter: @ClementsJeff
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