(Richmond, Virginia) — Today, the Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, which swept away a century of precedent barring corporate money in our elections.  The resolution makes Virginia the twenty-second state to support this amendment to restore democratic power to the American people.

“The action in Virginia today is the next big step forward in a decade-long fight to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, and fulfill the promise of political equality and American self-government,” says John Bonifaz, President of Free Speech For People.

Free Speech For People has developed the Free and Fair Elections Amendment to end the big money dominance of our elections. This proposed amendment sets limits on federal campaign contributions and spending; prohibits corporate spending in the political process (as existed prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC); requires Congress to develop a system of public campaign financing for all federal candidates who qualify for the ballot; and allows the States to set reasonable limits on campaign contributions and spending in state and local elections.

Free Speech For People also supports H.J. Res.1, which includes the endorsement of the bipartisan Democracy For All Amendment recently reintroduced by U.S. Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and John Katko (R-NY) to get big money out of politics.

Winning a constitutional amendment to reclaim our democracy is  within arm’s reach. The vote in Virginia today should signal to Congress that it’s time to act and strike at the root of corruption.

To learn more about H.R. 1 and the Democracy For All Amendment, click here.

To learn more about our Free and Fair Elections Amendment, click here.