Obama calls for Constitutional Amendment
via “We the People Needham”:
Obama in an online chat says that mobilizing for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United is a good idea. Even if an Amendment fails, he notes, the process of individuals organizing around the problem of money will help shine a light on the massive problem, which could force lawmakers to take the legislative action they so far have not.
Question: What are you going to do to end the corrupting influence of money in politics during your second term?
Answer: Money has always been a factor in politics, but we are seeing something new in the no-holds barred flow of seven and eight figure checks, most undisclosed, into super-PACs; they fundamentally threaten to overwhelm the political process over the long run and drown out the voices of ordinary citizens.
We need to start with passing the Disclose Act that is already written and been sponsored in Congress – to at least force disclosure of who is giving to who.
We should also pass legislation prohibiting the bundling of campaign contributions from lobbyists.
Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn’t revisit it).
Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.