January 21, 2010

Whitehouse Reacts to Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Finance

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) reacted today to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision opening the door to unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns:

“The Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld reasonable limits on corporate campaign spending. Today, the Court, in a striking display of judicial activism, departed from that long tradition in the Citizens United case. Ruling broadly and ignoring settled precedent, five conservative justices have now rewritten the Constitution to permit corporate election spending to drown out the voices of individual Americans. Today’s disastrous decision is a long step towards government of the CEOs, by the CEOs, and for the CEOs. We need to carefully review the consequences of this decision, which threaten to further strengthen corporate interests at the expense of ordinary Americans and, at worst, turn the keys of American democracy over to CEOs.”


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