People For the American Way

Hodes Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2010

Contact: Miranda Blue or Josh Glasstetter atPeople For the American Way

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Rep. Paul Hodes introduced today a Constitutional Amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC. Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way, issued the following statement:

"Rep. Hodes should be applauded for his leadership in the effort to undo the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The decision overturned more than a century of settled law to give corporations wide-ranging power to influence elections and disproportionate sway over the policies that affect all Americans.

"Passing legislation to dampen the effects of the Supreme Court’s ruling is an important first step, but a Constitutional Amendment is the only way to truly restore the power of individual voters to the democratic process. Polls have shown that Americans strongly oppose the Supreme Court’s decision to hand elections over to corporate interests, and are ready to take strong steps to reverse it. The overwhelming election of Constitutional Amendment advocate Ted Deutch in Florida yesterday was another clear sign that Americans won’t stand for the buying of elections. We look forward to working with Rep. Hodes in the effort to amend the Constitution to put elections back in the hands of voters."

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