The Recorder: McGovern introduces bill seeking to remove big money influence in elections

Richie Davis of the Recorder reports on the introduction of the Democracy For All Amendment by U.S. Representative James McGovern and other members of Congress. The amendment would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United. Click here to learn more about the Democracy for All Amendment.

U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, has joined with two fellow members of Congress and two senators in filing a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling that allowed corporations to fund political campaigns.

Tuesday’s re-introduction of the amendment, that would establish the right of the American people to enact state and federal law regulating spending in public elections, comes days after the seven-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in the Citizens United case, which McGovern first sought to overturn in 2011.

Joined by Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Jamie Raskin, D-Md., along with Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., McGovern said the “Democracy for All Amendment” would help reverse the concentration of political influence by large corporations and wealthy individuals capable of spending millions of dollars in American elections.

The amendment would allow passage of state and federal laws regulating spending in elections.

“There’s too much money in our politics,” said McGovern. “It is a corrupting force. It undermines our democracy and drowns out the voices of the people.”

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