By Justin Sink
President Obama told Democratic donors he might be "in a very strong position" to demand a Constitutional amendment on campaign finance reform during his second term, according to a new book.
The president made the comments at a closed-door, high-dollar 2012 fundraiser in Seattle, where supporters included the likes of billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
"After my reelection, my sense is that I may be in a very strong position to do it," Obama continued.
Later that year, the president publicly endorsed a constitutional amendment that would overturn the controversial Citizens United decision that allowed unlimited political spending by outside groups.
“Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn't revisit it)," Obama wrote during a question-and-answer session on Reddit.
“Even if the amendment process falls short,” he said, “it can shine a spotlight of [sic] the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.”
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSatanists balk at Cruz comparison Cory Booker is Clinton secret weapon Overnight Energy: Dems block energy spending bill for second day MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Finance: House rejects financial adviser rule; Obama rebukes Sanders on big banks Senators roll out changes to criminal justice bill Sanders is most popular senator, according to constituent poll MORE (R-Ky.) appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to debate a proposed constitutional amendment to regulate campaign spending.
The amendment, drafted by Sens. Michael BennetMichael BennetGOP Senate candidate wins right to be on Colorado ballot EPA ozone rule looms large in swing state 2 Colorado Senate candidates fail to qualify for ballot MORE (D-Colo.) and Tom UdallTom UdallSurprise resignation threatens to hobble privacy watchdog Dem bill cracks down on payday lenders Menendez wants vote on ambassador to Mexico MORE (D-N.M.), would allow Congress to regulate and limit spending on federal campaigns, including expenditures from outside groups. The proposal would also allow states to regulate campaign spending for their races.
Senate Democrats have sought to make outside spending a primary issue ahead of November's midterm elections, with Reid frequently railing against billionaire GOP donors like Charles and David Koch.
Republicans have said the proposed amendment would undermine First Amendment rights.