Bernie Sanders Files Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

Care2 recently brought you the news of two city councils that passed symbolic resolutions to support constitutional amendments that would undo the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.

The votes, which took place in Los Angeles, California, and Albany, New York, were both unanimous, and met with widespread approval among Occupy Wall Street participants. Overturning Citizens United has been a major rallying cry of the OWS movement since its beginning over 2 months ago.

On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) decided to take the next step toward realizing this goal by introducing a constitutional amendment to the U.S. Senate that would overturn the ruling which classified multi-national corporations as people and therefore entitled to the same rights as living, breathing, human individuals.

The Saving American Democracy Amendment states:

  • Corporations are not persons with constitutional rights equal to real people.
  • Corporations are subject to regulation by the people.
  • Corporations may not make campaign contributions.
  • Congress and states have the power to regulate campaign finances.

“There comes a time when an issue is so important that the only way to address it is by a constitutional amendment,” Sanders said. He had previously described the Citizen United ruling as “basically insane. Nobody that I know thinks that Exxon Mobil is a person,” Sanders said in November.

Sanders is accompanied in his endeavor to restore fiscal sanity to the political system by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), who has introduced a companion measure in the U.S. House.

Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Michael Bennet of (D-CO) have also introduced a similar constitutional amendment that would essentially defeat Citizens United by granting Congress and the states the authority to regulate the campaign finance system. Udall and Bennet hope that by emphasizing states’ rights, they’ll gain the support of a few Republicans.

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Sophi Z.
Sophia Z6 years ago

Bernie Sanders is my hero!

christopher murray

This is the worst surpreme court decision since Dred Scott v. Sanford. It needs to be overturned because it shifted the balance power in favor of the rich. By law, a corporation is considered an "Arificial person" for the purposes of taxes only. The court preverted the definition of that..and this decision neeeds to be overturned.

Michael T.
Michael T6 years ago

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Stephanie K.
Stephanie King6 years ago

Bernie is the Best...He actually represents the people and even though I live in SC (with no representation from the likes of Jim Demint) I support Senator Sanders, a really good guy.

Deanna J.
Deanna J6 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Senator Sanders. At least someone has some common sense. You've given me hope that there can be a chance for our country yet.

Lyn Miller
Lyn Miller6 years ago

So proud I voted for Tom Udall when I lived in New Mexico, and for Michael Bennett as a Colorado resident. They, and Tom's cousin Mark (another Colorado Senator) are 3 of the better Congressmen in the country. I appreciate that they stand up for people against monied interests and corporations.

Expedy Hernandez
Expedy Hernandez6 years ago

Bernie Sanders is one of the current heroes and outstanding patriots of our Nation!

Mary Cotturo
Mary Cotturo6 years ago

Unfortunately money talks and money votes. I completely back Bernie Sanders and his proposed Saving American Democracy Amendment. Corporate greed, corruption and manipulation have negatively impacted our democratic system of government. Corporations are NOT people.

Jean  L. C.
Jean Corcoran6 years ago

Thank You for being a true GREEN MOUNTAIN MAN...

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda6 years ago

I love Bernie Sanders. He gives me hope for the human race.