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video: McGovern Reintroduces Bill Overturning Citizens United

Sunday, March 12, 2017

 

Congressman Jim McGovern

Congressman Jim McGovern has reintroduced a bill to overturn Citizens United, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that lifted restrictions on spending of outside groups on elections. 

See the Video Below 

“It’s been seven years since the dreadful Citizens United ruling. In upholding the rights of corporations to donate to political campaigns under the First Amendment, the Supreme Court created an election system that is now corrupted by limitless, unregulated donations. Ordinary citizens are left powerless and politicians are increasingly beholden to wealthy special interests,” McGovern said. 

I am reintroducing the People’s Rights Amendment to overturn Citizens United and declare, once and for all, that corporations are not people. The Constitution was never intended to give corporations the same rights as the American people. Corporations don’t breathe. They don’t have kids. They don’t die in wars,” McGovern said. 

McGovern was one of the first national leaders to speak out against Citizens United in 2011 and is the lead sponsor of the Democracy for All Amendment. 

“Since Citizens United, we’ve seen a major telecommunications company, oil companies, and the tobacco industry all attempt to dismantle regulations and disclosure rules by claiming First Amendment rights,” said McGovern.

Joining Congressman McGovern to introduce the bill were Representatives Stephen Lynch (MA-08), Steven Cohen (TN-09), Jim Langevin (RI-02), Peter Defazio (OR), Bill Keating (MA-09), Mark Takano (CA-41) Peter Welch (VT-AL), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Michael Capuano (MA-07), Jim Cooper (TN-05), Raul Grijalva (AZ-03) and David Loebsack (IA-02).

 

 

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