Adam Schiff Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

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Citizens United (2010) passed in a 5 to 4 vote.

According to The Hill, Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 Citizens United ruling. The Supreme Court ruling eliminated corporate campaign spending restrictions. Schiff’s amendment would let Congress and states to limit campaign contributions.

"The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United overturned decades of legal precedent and has enabled billions in dark money to pour into our elections," Schiff said in a statement.

Further, the amendment would let states make public financing laws for campaigns.

"Amending the Constitution is an extraordinary step, but it is the only way to safeguard our democratic process against the threat of unrestrained and anonymous spending by wealthy individuals and corporations," he added. "This amendment will restore power to everyday citizens."

On Twitter, Schiff wrote “Our democracy is not for sale. We must stop the flood of dark money from drowning out the voices of everyday citizens.”

Citizens United passed in a 5-4 vote. The majority argued that spending limits would negatively affect freedom of speech.

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