Clinton Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that she will overturn Citizen’s United in the first 30 days of her presidency.
“Today I’m announcing that in my first 30 days as president, I will propose a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and give the American people — all of us — the chance to reclaim our democracy,” she said.
“I will also appoint Supreme Court justices who understand that this decision was a disaster for our democracy. And I will fight for other progressive reforms, including small-dollar matching and disclosure requirements.”
The Hill reports:
In a statement, Clinton also pledged to “promote SEC rulemaking requiring publicly traded companies to disclose all political spending to their shareholders” and to sign an “executive order requiring federal government contractors to fully disclose all political spending.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who endorsed Clinton last week following his own presidential campaign’s end, repeatedly called to repeal Citizens United during the 2016 primaries, vowing to only appoint justices who would overturn the decision.
“I know that many of the people in this room supported Sen. Sanders in the primary,” Clinton told Netroots activists in the video, as footage of the senator and his wife Jane played. “I’m looking forward to hearing from you, learning from you, and working with you.”
Clinton also called for criminal justice reform, laying out two additional proposals for turning “talk into action,” especially in the wake of recent deaths of black men shot by police.
“First, as president I’ll bring law enforcement and communities together to develop national guidelines on the use of force,” Clinton said. “Second, I will target $1 billion in my first budget to take on implicit bias, which remains a problem across our society and even in the best of our police departments.”
President Obama also made a video appearance at the conference, talking with his 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe in a time-travel skit where he lays out his “future” accomplishments on healthcare, climate change, the economy, the Iran deal, relations with Cuba and terrorism.
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