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The New York Times calls for a constitutional amendment to overrule Citizens United.

An editorial in the Sunday New York Times called for a constitutional amendment. Here are a few quick excerpts:

The Cacophony of Money
Editorial, The New York Times, Sunday October 7th, 2012

This is only the first presidential election in the Citizens United era of unlimited spending...

A Foreign Corporation Makes $1 Million Contribution to Influence U.S. Presidential Election (via Center for Public Integrity)

When Citizens United opened the door to corporate funding of elections, many people expressed concern that there would be no way to prevent foreign-owned corporations from exercising influence over U.S. elections. (Campaign contributions from people who are non-U.S. citizens are illegal.)

Ahead of Obama-Romney Debate, Over 40,000 Americans Urge Moderator To Raise Issue of Money in Politics

Our joint news release today, with Avaaz and unPAC:

41,161 signatures hand-delivered to Jim Lehrer on Thursday

Moderator urged to ask candidates, “if elected would you call on Congress to study and propose a Constitutional Amendment designed to reduce the influence of money in our political system”

Movement To Overturn Citizens United Targets 2012 Ballot Measures

Derek Cressman


September 20, 2012

From America's earliest days, states have sent instructions to Congress on constitutional reforms.

As we head into the home stretch of the 2012 campaigns, from coast to coast voter frustration with negative campaign ads -- and the big money behind them -- is more than palpable.

Romney agrees: "We’ve got to get the money out of the teachers unions going into campaigns."

It's being widely reported that Mitt Romney yesterday called for limits on campaign spending by teachers' unions. A blog post at The Nation puts this succinctly in perspective.

The constitutional amendments we support would even-handedly enable the elimination of politcal contributions from for-profit corporations, incorporated non-profits, and incorporated labor unions alike. (For more on this, see our analysis of various bills here.)

Report: Citizens United ruling accounts for 78 percent of 2012 election spending

By Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian
Monday, September 24, 2012


Almost $465m of outside money has been spent on the US presidential election campaign so far, including $365m that can be attributed to the supreme court’s landmark Citizens United ruling, according to a report released on Monday.

Super Pacs, which came into effect following the 2010 Citizens United verdict, accounted for $272m of the expenditure in the study, conducted by the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit organisation devoted to increasing transparency in government.

Trevor Potter, former FEC Commissioner (R), on Citizens United, why corporations shouldn't participate in our elections, and wha

Bill Moyers' latest video is an interview with Trevor Potter, a Republican former Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission, best known as Stephen Colbert's attorney and also Senator John McCain's former General Counsel.

Mr. Potter makes several important points in the 45-minute interview. Here are some of the choicest excerpts, below (not in chronological order):

Local protest targets business, elections

News & Record - Greensboro, North Carolina

Amanda Lehmert

September 24, 2012

Local advocates have joined a national protest against corporate influence over elections.

Latest poll: 83% want limits on campaign spending by corporations, unions, and other organizations.

Poll: Americans largely in favor of campaign spending limitations
by Morgan Little
The Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2012


8 down, 30 to go: Connecticut becomes 8th state to call for a constitutional amendment.

A majority of Connecticut's state legislators in both chambers -- 88 state representatives and 22 state senators -- have signed a letter calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

This makes Connecticut the 8th state to call for an amendment, joining California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Vermont, which have all passed legislative resolutions, and Maryland, where a majority of legislators have signed a letter similar to this one in Connecticut.