Senate Passes Resolution Calling for Overturn of Citizens United Ruling
BOSTON – On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate passed a resolution calling for the United States Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In that decision, the Court ruled that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting the political expenditures of corporations.
“The Citizens United ruling is dangerous to our democracy, said Senator Patricia Jehlen. “It has enabled a handful of extremely wealthy individuals donating to Super PACs to monopolize the content of political advertisements and blanket the airwaves in support of particular candidates.”
Senator Katherine Clark also applauded the measure. “Our nation is built on the integrity and ingenuity of the individual, and our democracy was formed to reflect that. Voting and first amendment rights belong to people not corporations.
A poll of Massachusetts voters conducted in February by 7 News and Suffolk University revealed that 83 percent of Democrats polled, 73 percent of Republicans and 81 percent of independents oppose the Supreme Court’s decision.
During the 2010 elections, the first since the Supreme Court’s decision, non-candidate spending reached nearly $400 million, nearly 60 percent higher than spending during the 2006 midterm elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.