WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., recently joined several of her colleagues in introducing a bipartisan constitutional amendment to essentially overturn a 2010 Supreme Court decision that opened the gates for corporations, dark entities, and special interests to create Super PACs and flood our elections with untraceable, unaccountable money.
The Democracy for All Amendment, or H.J.Res. 2, affirms the right of states and the federal government to pass laws that regulate spending in elections, essentially repealing the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. F.E.C. that established corporations are people and can spend millions to influence elections. The amendment is being led by U.S. Representatives Ted Deutch, D-Fla., Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and John Katko, R-N.Y., who are introducing the amendment days before the ninth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in the Citizens United case.
“There is too much dark money in politics today, and it’s corrupting our elections and our system of government. It’s time we end Citizens United and Super PACs once and for all,” said Murphy. “Elections should be run on ideas, not bought by shady and powerful special interests with deep pockets. I am proud to help introduce this bipartisan constitutional amendment that will clean up our elections, restore Americans’ faith in the political process, and return the power of governance to the people.”
A constitutional amendment requires two-thirds support in both the House and Senate or two-thirds support of a national convention called by Congress at the request of at least two-thirds of the states to be adopted. In order to be ratified, the amendment must also receive support of the legislatures of three-fourths of the states or by state ratifying conventions in three-fourths of the states.