Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) is introducing a constitutional amendment to overrule the Supreme Court's recent decision on corporate political spending.
In Citizens United vs. FEC, the court struck down part of a campaign finance law regulating independent expenditures by corporations. Democrats have lamented that the decision will let corporations unduly influence campaigns.
Hodes's amendment would explicitly grant Congress and state legislatures the authority to regulate independent expenditures in their respective elections.
“The people deserve to decide our own elections, instead of having corporations dump millions of dollars into buying our democracy out from under us,” Hodes said in a statement. “An activist court wrongly allowed foreign corporations to infiltrate and pollute one of our most sacred American rights.
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) has introduced a similar amendment in the Senate. The provision would have to pass both houses by a two-thirds majority and be ratified by three-quarters of the states.