People For the American Way

Massachusetts Senators Introduce “Free Speech For People” Resolution


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Today, a group of Massachusetts state senators introduced a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The effort was led by Sen. Jamie Eldridge, a member of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network.

Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way, said:

“I congratulate Sen. Eldridge and his allies for bringing this resolution before the people of Massachusetts. In its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court overturned a hundred years of established law to give corporations enormous power to influence elections. Americans across the country have reacted strongly against a ruling that empowers big corporations to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens in the debates that shape our representative government.

“The effects of the Citizens United decision are so disastrous that the only way to fully fix the damage it has done is to pass a constitutional amendment to restore elections to voters. It’s a big step, but one that Americans across the political spectrum have declared themselves willing to take. I urge the Massachusetts legislature to stand up for the rights of individuals in our democracy, and encourage other state legislatures to follow suit.”

The text of the Massachusetts resolution can be found here.