Sending Office: Honorable John A. Yarmuth
The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to lift limits on corporate and special interest spending in federal elections undermines our electoral process and jeopardizes our system of democracy. In fact, the
2016 Election was the most expensive in history, with more than $1.3 billion being spent by outside groups. With so much special interest money flowing through our political system, Americans rightfully wonder whether Congress works for them or Wall Street
banks, drug companies, and other deep-pocketed special interests.
That is why, on the 8th anniversary of this decision, I am introducing H.J.Res 126, an amendment to the Constitution to immediately get the money out of politics and prevent the Court from continuing down this slippery slope of unregulated campaign
spending. My amendment enables Congress to establish a public financing system for federal campaigns, which will be the sole source of all campaign funding, and makes clear that money – and in-kind contributions – spent in support or opposition to a candidate
for federal office is not protected speech under the First Amendment. Without this provision, the Supreme Court will continue to claim corporations and individuals can use their money as a form of political speech – and strike down commonsense restrictions
and disclosure requirements.
I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this resolution. For more information, please contact Erica DiCio in my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 5-5401.
Member of Congress
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