Rep. Yarmuth Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

Reps. John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced legislation today that would overturn key provisions of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that gutted campaign finance law and led to a flood of corporate money and influence into American politics, Louisville public radio station WFPL reports. The legislation would amend the Constitution to establish that campaign contributions do not amount to free speech — the key tenet of Citizens United — and would allow Congress to establish a viable public financing system that would be the only source of funding for federal elections. “Until we get big money out of politics, we will never be able to responsibly address the major issues facing American families,” Yarmuth said in a release. “And that starts by ensuring our elections and elected officials cannot be bought by the well-off and well-connected.”