People For the American Way

Congresswoman Donna Edwards Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Reverse Citizens United

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2011

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Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) introduced a constitutional amendment that would restore to Congress and the states the authority to regulate corporate spending on political activity, including contributions in support of or
in opposition to a candidate for public office. This proposed amendment seeks to overturn the Supreme Court’s deeply flawed decision in Citizens United
v. FEC, which granted corporations the same Free Speech rights as people to spend money to influence elections. The amendment is similar to one
introduced in the last Congress, and was introduced with the support of 14 other co-sponsors.

“We applaud this bold step by Representatives Edwards and Conyers to place limits on the corporate spending on elections which is hurtling out of
control. It is time that we take down the for sale sign on our democracy and constitutional remedies such as that proposed by Representatives Edwards
and Conyers are the only meaningful way to do that,” said Marge Baker, executive vice president at People For the American Way. “Reversing
the damage caused by Citizens United is absolutely crucial to making sure that the American people – and not the deepest-pocketed corporations – hold
the keys to our democracy. The pro-corporate Supreme Court is taking us down a slippery slope, and it’s time for bold steps to preserve the democratic
promise of government by the people.”

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