Hastings’ Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of Citizens United
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in recognition of the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling:
“Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, which permits corporations and special interests to contribute, essentially anonymously, unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns. In the five short years since its ruling, the Court’s decision has had a catastrophic impact on the public’s faith in our nation’s democratic process.
“The 2014 midterm election cycle was the most expensive in United States history with nearly $4 billion spent on campaign contributions. This unrestrained spending by large corporations and special interests stifles the voices of ordinary citizens and chips away at the very foundation of our democracy.
“I remain committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to restrict the influence of big money in politics. In the first three weeks of the new legislative session, I have been a proud cosponsor of several pieces of legislation designed to limit the influence of money in our elections, including H.J.Res. 22, the Democracy for All Amendment and H.R. 20, the Government by the People Act of 2015. I will continue to fight for much needed campaign finance reforms that will promote access for hard working Americans and return transparency to our nation’s electoral system.”
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.