On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)
introduced a constitutional amendment that would overturn the
U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 landmark Citizens United ruling.
The amendment, called “Democracy is for People,”
would "stop corporations and their front groups from using their
profits and dark money donations to influence our elections," Deutch
said in a statement.
PACs were able to put their mark on recent elections following the
game-changing Citizens United decision, which allows the groups to spend unlimited amounts of money in support of or against political campaigns.
decision removed a previous ban on corporations and organizations using
their treasury funds for political activism, but it mandated that super
PACs operate independent from the campaign and candidate.
the Supreme Court did in Citizens United is to tell billionaires like
the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson, ‘You own and control Wall Street.
You own and control coal companies. You own and control oil companies.
Now, for a very small percentage of your wealth, we're going to give you
the opportunity to own and control the United States government,'"
Sanders said. "That is the essence of what Citizens United is all about. That is why this disastrous decision must be reversed."