Hastings Cosponsors Democracy is for All Constitutional Amendment
Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after joining the Democracy is for All constitutional amendment as an original co-sponsor. The legislation was introduced by Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Donna Edwards (D-MD), and Jim McGovern (D-MA). It would reverse the highly controversial Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC, which have given corporations and wealthy donors undue influence in our elections. Read the text of the amendment here.
“The Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United and McCutcheon have set our electoral system down a dangerous path. Because of these decisions, select groups of wealthy donors, corporations, and Super PACs have the ability to pour virtually limitless amounts of money into campaigns in our country. This undue influence has driven a wedge between Congress and ordinary American families, whose voices have been drowned out by hundreds of millions of dollars in special interest money,” said Hastings.
The Center for Responsive Politics reports that 114 super PACs have already spent $77.8 million during the 2014 primary election season. This amount is expected to increase sharply after the quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing deadline today.
“The American people want a government that is inclusive, not exclusive,” added Hastings. “That is why I am proud to co-sponsor H. J. Res 119, the Democracy is for All amendment, which will reverse Citizens United, McCutcheon, and other decisions like them. I remain committed to advocating for fair and open elections. Congress should take action immediately to restore confidence in our nation’s campaign system.”
The Center for Responsive Politics also reported that outside spending tripled between 2008 and 2012. In 2012, 216 donors contributed more than $560 million, roughly 68 percent of the more than $828 million raised by Super PACs during the year.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.