Free Speech For People, a national campaign to reclaim our democracy launched on the day of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, applauded today’s announcement that the United States Senate will hold a floor vote this year on Senator Tom Udall’s constitutional amendment bill to allow Congress and the States to regulate and limit the amount of money in politics. Senator Charles Schumer issued this announcement at today’s Senate Rules Committee hearing on the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC, which has unleashed even more money into our political process.
“Today marks another important milestone in the growing grassroots movement across the country to end the dominance of big money in our elections and to restore our republican democracy to the people,” said John Bonifaz, the Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People. “We applaud this announcement in the US Senate and we applaud Senator Tom Udall’s leadership on this critical question of our time. Senator Udall’s amendment bill will overturn the Supreme Court’s egregious rulings that have so threatened our democracy and the fundamental American promise of political equality for all.”
“The Supreme Court has hijacked the First Amendment for the wealthy few, allowing them to drown out the voices of everyone else. We must now use our amendment power under Article V of the US Constitution to defend our democracy. We have done this before in our nation’s history. We can and we must do it again,” Bonifaz continued.
Free Speech For People has helped to catalyze and lead the movement across the country for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s rulings in Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United and to reclaim our democracy. To date, sixteen states and more than 500 cities and towns have called for an amendment, as well as the President of the United States and more than 145 Members of Congress. For more information, visit: www.freespeechforpeople.org.