People For Statement on House Passage of the DISCLOSE Act

The House today passed a version of the DISCLOSE Act, the first legislative “fix” to the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Marge Baker, Executive Vice President of People For the American Way, said:

“The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United overturned a century of established law in order to give big corporations unprecedented influence in our electoral process. We appreciate the work that members of Congress have done to try to dampen the effects of this disastrous decision and restore some transparency and accountability to our elections. As important as this measure is, in the long run the way to truly fix the damage done by Citizens United is to pass a Constitutional Amendment to restore our government to the people.

“We released a poll this week showing that 77% of Americans—including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans—support a Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizens United, and 74% would be more likely to vote for a Congressional candidate who felt the same. It’s time for members of Congress to catch up to their constituents and pass a Constitutional Amendment that will fully restore integrity to our democracy.”

More information about the People For/Hart Research poll on Citizens United can be found here: http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2010/06/new-pfaw-poll-shows-americans-want-action-to-correct-citizens-united

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