Washington, D.C. -- The Communications Workers of America issued this comment following the vote by the full Senate Judiciary Committee approving the Constitutional Amendment sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to get big money out of politics:
The Senate moved closer to a vote on getting big money out of politics, with the full Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup and vote on S. J. Res. 19. It’s an historic action that, when fully enacted, will enable Congress and the states to limit political spending and get big money out of politics.
The number of cosponsors is growing, as Senators increasingly hear that our political process is broken. We know that money isn’t speech, despite two flawed Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United and McCutcheon, which have given the richest 0.1 percent the ability to make nearly unlimited political contributions and drown out the voices of ordinary citizens.
This amendment will restore the authority of Congress and the states to regulate political spending and return our democratic process to the people – where it belongs.
CWA and our partners in the Democracy Initiative are working to restore our democracy and to make this amendment a reality.
Contact: Candice Johnson, CWA Communications, 202-434-1168, firstname.lastname@example.org