Pelosi: Democrats will amend Constitution to overturn ‘Citizens United’ if they control House [VIDEO]
If Democrats were to take control of the House of Representatives after the November elections, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her party would “amend the [U.S.] Constitution” on the “very first day” to overturn the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision.
President Obama said he supports a constitutional amendment to reverse the ruling and keep undisclosed corporate contributions out of elections.
“On the very first day we would have a jobs bill. We would have a jobs bill, much of it would contain what President Obama has in the American Jobs Act. It would be as simple as A-B-C. Make it in America. Build America’s infrastructure. See developed growth from the community. And that means education of our children, the police and fire safety of our neighborhoods, that sense of community and fairness,” Pelosi said during her weekly press briefing Thursday on Capitol Hill.
“We would pass a DISCLOSE Act. ‘I’m Nancy Pelosi, I approve this message’ — but Mr. Big Bucks who put hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns to get tax breaks for their industry or their heirs, they don’t have to disclose their names. So DISCLOSE: Amend the Constitution to overturn ‘Citizens United.'”
Pelosi said Democrats would “reform the whole [of] money in politics” and change the system to require “public financing of campaigns.”
She added that such a new system would result in the election of reformers.
“I don’t care if they are Democrats or Republicans. Elect reformers who will save our democracy, keeping it the government of the many — not the government of the money. And that would be what our first day would look like,” Pelosi said. (RELATED — McConnell: Obama seeking to change First Amendment ‘an act of radicalism’ [VIDEO])
The DISCLOSE Act would “amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, and for other purposes.”