Last month, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) stood up for the 99 Percent by introducing the Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy (OCCUPIED) Amendment, which would overturn the Citizens United decision, re-establishing the right of Congress and the states to regulate campaign finance laws, and to effectively outlaw the ability of for-profit corporations to contribute to campaign spending. “Americans of all stripes agree that for far too long, corporations have occupied Washington and drowned out the voices of the people,” said Deutch in a statement introducing the amendment. “It is time to return the nation’s capital and our democracy to the people.”
Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a Senate version of Deutch’s amendment. “There comes a time when an issue is so important that the only way to address it is by a constitutional amendment,” said Sanders in a statement provided to ThinkProgress. “I am thrilled that Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced the Saving American Democracy Amendment, a companion bill to H.J. Res 90, my legislation in the House,” said Deutch. “The dominance of corporations in Washington has imperiled the economic security of the American people and left our citizens profoundly disenchanted with our democracy. I look forward to working with Senator Sanders to save American democracy by banning all corporate spending in our elections and cracking down on secret front groups using anonymous corporate cash to undermine the public interest.”
Indeed, the 2010 midterm elections saw nearly $4 billion in campaign spending, breaking all records. If there is ever a time to get corporate special interest money out of our democracy, it is now. Deutch and Sanders are demonstrating real leadership by introducing their amendment.