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Statement on the Anniversary of Citizens United

LOUISVILLE – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) issued the following statement on the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The Court overturned a century of campaign finance law by allowing unlimited corporate and special-interest spending on political campaigns. The anniversary is Jan. 21.

Citizens United endangers our democracy,” Yarmuth said. “It has been two years since the Supreme Court rendered its decision, and American politics is becoming more corrupt by the dollar. Corporate money equals influence, not free speech. And until we get big money out of politics, we will never be able to responsibly address the major issues facing American families.”

In December, Yarmuth introduced a Constitutional amendment to get money out of politics by overturning a key provision of the Citizens United decision. The amendment establishes that financial expenditures and in-kind contributions do not qualify as protected speech under the First Amendment. It also enables Congress to establish a public financing system that would serve as the sole source of funding for federal elections.

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