The Washington Post reports that Hillary Clinton will call for the overturning of Citizens United via constitutional amendment within her first 30 days as president, if she is elected. She plans to announce her intention today at the annual Netroots Nation conference.
Clinton will reportedly say the following in her video message:
“I will also appoint Supreme Court justices who understand that this decision was a disaster for our democracy… I will fight for other progressive reforms, including small-dollar matching and disclosure requirements. I hope some of the brilliant minds in this room will seek out cases to challenge Citizens United in the courts.”
Clinton’s campaign showcased the announcement to several progressive groups for their consideration – unsurprisingly, they approved.
Marissa Barrow, spokeswoman for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, stated,
“Hillary Clinton’s commitment to overturning Citizens United, and her other systemic proposals like public financing of congressional elections, are key to improving our chances of victory on every other issue.”
It seems as if Clinton is desperately trying to gain the support of the faction of the electorate that previously supported Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Sen. Sanders is a vocal opponent of Citizens United and prided himself on the fact that his campaign did not accept corporate donations – a message that resonated with many of his supporters. He is a vocal advocate for campaign finance reform.
Citizens United has been a hot topic for debate over the last several years. The decision holds that “political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections.”