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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Democracy for America Launches New Campaign to Attack Citizens United

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Burlington, VT – Today Democracy for America (DFA) launched a new campaign designed to dismantle the Citizens United decision decided by the Supreme Court in 2010. 

The campaign takes on Citizens United internally through the court system and highlights Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock’s case before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The case directly challenges the two-year old ruling.  The campaign calls on Attorneys General from across the United States to sign onto an Amicus Brief documenting the need to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision.    
"Citizens United corrupts our democratic process,” said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. “This campaign, courageously headed by Montana’s Attorney General Steve Bullock, demands that the Supreme Court address their decision that allowed undisclosed amounts of money to flow into our electoral process.  Corporations are not people and ordinary citizens should not be drowned out of democracy.”
Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock weighed in on the campaign:
Attorney General Steve Bullock: “The Citizens United decision opened the door to unlimited corporate spending in our national elections, and state and local elections could be the next to fall.  For the past two years, Americans have watched spending by anonymous, secretive Super PACs far outpace what candidates spend on elections.  It’s a fantasy to suggest these expenditures aren’t corrupting our political system.  I applaud Democracy for America’s efforts to make sure the voices of people still matter.”
For nearly a century, the state of Montana has restricted corporate spending in elections – a direct conflict with the Citizens United ruling.  Late last year, the state’s Supreme Court upheld Montana’s law.  Bullock defended Montana’s 100 year-old law in court.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed enforcement of Montana’s law while the case is appealed before the High Court.  Democracy for America has taken steps to chip away Citizens United, first by collecting over 100,000 signatures supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Constitutional Amendment and now turning their efforts to the court.  In just two weeks, DFA has collected 74,325 signatures from across the country urging their members Attorneys General to sign the Amicus Brief supporting Attorney General Bullock’s fight.

Link to this statement on democracyforamerica.com

Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up.

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