Surprise: Billion Dollar Corporate Front Lobby Group Supports Citizens United, Opposes Reform

A Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizens United and restore the freedom and right of the people to stop the destruction of American democracy by unlimited money of global corporations and the very few continued to make progress this week. In Washington, with fifty-five Senate co-sponsors, the Democracy For All Amendment cleared a filibuster by 79-18, and now faces debate in the Senate.

The US Chamber of Commerce now is trotting out the false assertion that the Democracy For All Amendment somehow threatens speech rights or “amends the First Amendment.” No, the 5-4 Citizens United decision did that, amounting to, in Justice John Paul Stevens’s words, a “radical departure from First Amendment jurisprudence.”

The Democracy For All Amendment simply restores the power that Americans have always had until now — we may insist that our representatives in Congress and the States enact reasonable, content-neutral spending and contribution rules in elections to prevent systemic corruption, ensure fair, free elections and accountable representatives, and to protect American principles of equal citizenship and representation (one person, one vote).

I described more about the US Chamber role in creating the disastrous condition of our political system today in a recent op-ed here.

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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