Earlier this year, Bernie Sanders proposed a constitutional amendment with the goal of overturning the disastrous Supreme Court decision Citizens United. Sanders is right, we have to get rid of this decision that sells American politics to the highest bidder.
Allowing unlimited funds to flow into super PACs removes accountability from political speech and drowns out the voices of ordinary Americans, and it’s exactly what Citizens United was intended to do.
When Sanders introduced his first amendment against Citizens United in 2013, he criticized the decision:
What the Supreme Court did in Citizens United is to tell billionaires like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson, ‘You own and control Wall Street. You own and control coal companies. You own and control oil companies. Now, for a very small percentage of your wealth, we’re going to give you the opportunity to own and control the United States government. That is the essence of what Citizens United is all about. That is why this disastrous decision must be reversed.
In May, Sanders said that he would have an effective litmus test for any Supreme Court appointments he would make if elected president.
“If elected president, I will have a litmus test in terms of my nominee to be a Supreme Court justice and that nominee will say that they are going to overturn this disastrous Supreme Court decision,” Bernie said