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A prominent House Democrat has begun anew, for the first time in nearly five years, the constitutional process to overturn the landmark Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and increase regulation of campaign contributions and spending. In 2010, the high court’s decision struck down decades of restrictions on corporate campaign spending and allowed corporations to spend unlimited funds to run campaign advertisements.
Schiff’s effort is the first attempt at a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United since a similar effort failed in the Senate in September 2014.
Momentum to overturn the decision has been building since nearly when the court handed it down, according to a timeline assembled by the good government non-profit Public Citizen.
“The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United overturned decades of legal precedent and has enabled billions in dark money to pour into our elections,” Schiff said. “Amending the Constitution is an extraordinary step, but it is the only way to safeguard our democratic process against the threat of unrestrained and anonymous spending by wealthy individuals and corporations. This amendment will restore power to everyday citizens.”