The Hill: Outgoing Democrat blames Citizens United ruling for loss

November 20, 2010- Freshman Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.) blamed an influx of corporate and union money thanks to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling for his loss to former Republican Congressman Tim Walberg.

During an interview with WKHM radio Schauer said reduced turnout combined with outside groups’ ability to spend millions anonymously doomed his candidacy. Schauer lost by five percentage points in one of the most closely-watched races nationally.

The Citizens United ruling “changed the world,” Schuaer said, adding that allowing corporations to run ads and send mailers without limit is hurting the political process.

“That’s not good for our democracy,” he added.

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