April 2 was a dark day for America, as our Supreme Court put one more nail in the coffin of our democracy.
In a 5-4 decision, SCOTUS ruled in the McCutcheon case that caps on individual donations to PACS and political parties violates the First Amendment rights to free speech. This has basically put American democracy up for sale.
I have said from the beginning of my campaign that the undue influence of money on our politics is like a cancer eating our democracy. While the Citizens United decision in 2010 had already perverted our democratic process by allowing so much more money to flood our system, with the McCutcheon decision things got even worse. We’re now at place where the political system has failed us so profoundly that it’s time for the American people to intervene.
Our Founders did not intend for the Supreme Court to lord over us. We can still interrupt the pattern by which our democracy has been put up for sale: pass a Constitutional Amendment outlawing the undue influence of money on our government. It is not easy to amend the Constitution, and it shouldn’t be. But it took an Amendment to abolish slavery and it took an Amendment to give women the right to vote. I enthusiastically support – and will see my election to Congress as a mandate to magnify in any way possible -- the growing movement both inside and outside Congress to pass an Amendment to the Constitution that outlaws the undue influence of money on our government, establishing that corporations do not have the rights of personhood and casting special interest corporate lobbying into the dustbin of history where it belongs.