White House To Actively Support Citizens United Legislation

Politico reports that the White House is making plans to shift its policy agenda from “change” t0 “reform.”  A significant component of this new effort will be campaign finance reform legislation.  

The campaign committee leaders for the Congressional Democrats in the House and Senate are pushing for legislation designed to chill corporate political speech and protect their incumbent Members.  Apparently, the White House intends to support this effort by publicly supporting the legislation.  According to the article:

A top administration official said that “the biggest piece of reform” will be supporting congressional efforts to limit the impact of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that opened campaigns to huge independent spending by corporations and unions. “Americans really turned against this opinion, the official said. “And so the biggest reform is to ensure that our politics and our campaigns are not controlled by special interests. Getting legislation that deals with the Supreme Court decision on the floor and debated — and hopefully passed — is very important.” 

The Politico article can be found here.

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