By Lily Benitez De Luna
A collection of Democratic lawmakers Wednesday signed a pledge calling for the Constitution to be specifically amended to nullify the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision.
The pledge, which was presented at a Congressional summit based around combating the ruling, states “I declare my support for amending the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people, undermined by Citizens United and related cases, to protect the integrity of our elections and limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fl.) led the summit.
“We are fighting to make sure that America does not become an oligarchy where people with unlimited sums of money control the political process and the economic process,” Sanders said.
Beyond support from lawmakers, advocacy group Public Citizen reports that more than 5,400 people have already signed a petition to push for the reversal of Citizens United.
Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-Md.) also reported that the majority of Americans disapprove of big time donors.
“Individual wealth is dominating our politics… 72 percent of the American people, 78 percent in some polls, agree that we should amend the constitution to respond to this crisis,” Edwards said.
In the 2010 case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United, permitting corporations and unions to contribute any amount desired to SuperPACs on the grounds of upholding First Amendment rights.
It’s no surprise that this issue is emerging as the election year enters full swing and Super PACs are spending record high sums to raid almost every media outlet in hopes to pursued Americans and win their votes.