In a statement released Friday on the first anniversary of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court ruling, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) condemned the decision and said her party will work to negate its effects.
Democrats charge that the Citizens United ruling allowed more money from special interest groups to flow into campaign coffers and was partly responsible for the Republican wave in 2010 that relegated her party to the minority in the House.
“One year ago, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to uninhibited special interest spending in our elections and unlimited corporate influence over our public policy debate," said Pelosi. “In response to the Citizens United ruling, Democrats worked to restore transparency, fairness, and accountability to our political process.”
“In our democracy, voters determine the outcome of our elections — not special interests," added Pelosi. "One year after the Supreme Court’s decision undermined that fundamental American value, we will continue to fight on behalf of the public interest and to preserve the integrity of our political campaigns.”
Stay tuned for a response from Republican leadership.