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 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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