On the evening of September 8, 2014, the US Senate voted 78-18 in favor of proceeding with a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. Earlier that afternoon, the lead sponsors of the bill in the House and Senate held a press conference outside the Capitol. VR’s cameras were there to record the whole press conference, and the Q&A that followed.
Since 2010, the Citizens United decision has fundamentally changed the nature of American politics. It has taken away the voice of the 99%, and given it to billionaires and multinational corporations.
Passing the Senate was the easy part. Republicans who oppose campaign finance reform, but who are facing re-election could safely vote for this bill and look good for their constituents, (Who favor it by more than a 3-1 margin) knowing it is very unlikely to pass the House.
If common people having a voice that people in government will listen to is something you think is important, then now is the time to go tohttp://www.house.gov/ and contact your congressperson. Let them know you care enough about this to vote against them if they oppose it. It’s time for America to TAKE ITS VOICE BACK!
Marge Baker – People For The American Way
Robert Weissman – Public Citizen
Tom Udall – Senator, NM
Bernie Sanders – Senator, MA
Sheldon Whitehouse – Senator, RI
Amy Klobuchar – Senator, MN
Al Franken – Senator, MN
Ted Deutch – Congressman, FL