Clinton calls for constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFarrow: Clinton staff raised concerns over Weinstein reporting Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report The Memo: Once the front-runner, Biden now vulnerable MORE announced Saturday that in the first 30 days of her presidency, she would propose a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in the Citizens United case that loosened campaign finance rules.

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Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, made the announcement in a video for the annual Netroots Nation progressive conference. 

"Today I’m announcing that in my first 30 days as president, I will propose a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and give the American people — all of us — the chance to reclaim our democracy," she said. 

"I will also appoint Supreme Court justices who understand that this decision was a disaster for our democracy. And I will fight for other progressive reforms, including small-dollar matching and disclosure requirements."

In a statement, Clinton also pledged to "promote [Securities and Exchange Commission] rulemaking requiring publicly traded companies to disclose all political spending to their shareholders" and to sign an "executive order requiring federal government contractors to fully disclose all political spending."

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren raised more money from Big Tech employees than other 2020 Democrats: Report Krystal Ball reacts to Ocasio-Cortez endorsing Sanders: 'Class power over girl power' Saagar Enjeti praises Yang for bringing threat of automation to forefront at Ohio debate MORE (I-Vt.), who endorsed Clinton last week following his own presidential campaign's end, repeatedly called to repeal Citizens United during the 2016 primaries, vowing to only appoint justices who would overturn the decision. 

"I know that many of the people in this room supported Sen. Sanders in the primary," Clinton told Netroots activists in the video, as footage of the senator and his wife, Jane, played. "I'm looking forward to hearing from you, learning from you and working with you."

Clinton also called for criminal justice reform, laying out two additional proposals for turning "talk into action," especially in the wake of recent deaths of black men shot by police. 

"First, as president I’ll bring law enforcement and communities together to develop national guidelines on the use of force," Clinton said. "Second, I will target $1 billion in my first budget to take on implicit bias, which remains a problem across our society and even in the best of our police departments."

President Obama also made a video appearance at the conference, talking with his 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, in a time-travel skit where he lays out his "future" accomplishments on healthcare, climate change, the economy, the Iran deal, relations with Cuba and terrorism.