Amending the U.S. Constitution is a clear, permanent solution “We the People” have to curb the undue influence of big money on our democracy. Supreme Court decisions, such as Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down limits on how much individuals and corporations can spend to influence elections give people with money a louder voice, in effect silencing the voices of everyday Americans. A constitutional amendment would restore our right to protect our government from being captured by private wealthy interests, so it’s truly a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Voters across party lines overwhelmingly oppose Citizens United and strongly support a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision and curb the influence of money in politics. Notably, voters oppose Citizens United by a nearly 3-1 margin, with Republicans opposing the ruling by 2-1.
Momentum for an amendment is growing. More than 3.5 million voters have signed petitions in support of an amendment, and 16 states and more than 600 cities and towns have passed resolutions supporting an amendment. President Barack Obama also has indicated his support. There were 210 endorsers in the 113th Congress, including 55 Senators and 155 Representatives. On Monday September 12th, 2014, a majority of the U.S. Senate voted for the “Democracy for All Amendment.”