Warren: ‘Democracy is in real danger’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said she would support efforts to pass a constitutional amendment to limit money in politics.

“This is the time to amend the Constitution,” Warren said. “Our democracy is in real danger.”

{mosads}Later Monday, the Senate will vote on whether to proceed to a constitutional amendment that would reverse two Supreme Court decisions by limiting money in politics.

Warren said the vote is necessary because the Supreme Court has made it possible for the wealthiest to “buy elections.” She pointed out that during the 2012 election, 32 wealthy people contributed the same amount as 3.7 million people on political campaigns.

S.J. Res. 19 is designed to overturn two recent decisions that allowed corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals to spend extensive amounts of money on federal elections. 

Republicans support the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. FEC, arguing they removed limits on free speech protected under the First Amendment.

The 2010 Citizens United ruling struck down restrictions that had barred corporations and unions from spending money from their general treasury funds to support or oppose candidates. In McCutcheon, the court struck aggregate limits on individual contributions to candidates.

The amendment from Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) would authorize Congress and the states to regulate and limit fundraising and spending on federal candidates.

It would also prohibit the Supreme Court from reversing any future campaign finance legislation passed by Congress. 

Tags Campaign finance in the United States Campaign finance reform in the United States Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Elizabeth Warren Supreme Court of the United States
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