Twelve Years Since Citizens United, Big Money Corruption Keeps Getting Worse – Public Citizen

“This week we were outraged to watch two senators stand in the way of improving democracy. In addition to protecting our right to vote, the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act would have been the first blow struck against the overreaching Citizens United vs. FEC decision which happened more than a decade ago. Shockingly, it has been 12 long years, and neither regulators nor Congress have tackled the dark money tidal wave caused by the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“The secret political spending we have seen over the last 12 years has corrupted our political process toward corporate interests and robbed citizens of authentic representation. It plays a large role in the failures to defend our democracy, pass Build Back Better, address climate change, fix our healthcare system, and much more.

“The amount of money flowing into our elections is unprecedented and increases every cycle. A handful of billionaires exert enormous influence over our politics. And as a result, elected officials have grown ever more responsive to the desires of corporations and the ultrawealthy at the expense of their constituents. This week we witnessed a recalcitrant few stymie the will of the majority to fix our democracy. We will not rest until we succeed.” 

Twelve Years Since Citizens United, Big Money Corruption Keeps Getting Worse – Public Citizen