Reps. DeLauro and Himes announced campaign finance legislation that would limit donations to Super PACs, aimed at countering the level of corporate influence in elections allowed by the Supreme Court in a 2010 ruling that declared political spending by corporations protected speech under the First Amendment.
“With an ill-advised spate of judicial activism, five Supreme Court justices struck down the distinction between individuals and corporations in election law and opened the floodgates to a hostile corporate takeover of our democratic process,” said DeLauro, speaking of the majority opinion in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission. “The Restoring Confidence in Our Democracy Act would counter the Court’s blatant overreaching and stem the tide of special interest influence over our political system. I am proud to cosponsor this bill and I hope we can ensure the people’s voices are always heard more strongly in the halls of Congress than the dollars of special interests.”
The legislation, which was introduced and subsequently died in the last Congress, has 11 co-sponsors and proposes limiting donations to reduce the presence of Super PACs in elections.