Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised to pack the courts with judges who would rule in favor of overturning the Citizens United case, and Citizens United president David Bossie is calling such a pledge “surreal.”
“I will do everything I can to appoint Supreme Court justices who protect the right to vote and do not protect the right of billionaires to buy elections,” Clinton told supporters during her trip to Iowa recently, The New York Times reported.
“Hillary Clinton is saying that she will appoint a person to the Supreme Court who will not uphold and defend the First Amendment ought to frighten the American people,” Bossie told One America News. He added that Clinton “fundamentally, wants to throw away the First Amendment based on a case that was critical of [her] … is a little surreal.”
Republicans also responded that Clinton is benefiting from the Citizens United decision by the fact that a super PAC is supporting candidacy.
In 2009, Citizens United found themselves at the Supreme Court facing the Federal Election Commission, when the agency decided in 2008 that the watchdog group could not show their documentary Hillary: The Movie on television. The FEC claimed that doing so would violate McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.
The court overruled the FEC’s move, prompting Democrats to campaign on overturning the Citizens Unites case. The court ruling also triggered the rise of super PACs beginning with the 2010 midterms, which swept the GOP into the House majority again. Bossie plans on producing a sequel to the Clinton documentary.