In a conference call, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters, “We must amend the constitutional to fix Citizens United.”
Her latest call to action was spurred by Monday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Montana’s 1912 law limiting corporate spending in political campaigns based on its 2010 Citizens United ruling. The court’s decision led Montana’s governor Brian Schweitzer (D) and Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger (R) to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision.
Pelosi’s press secretary, Drew Hammill, told Raw Story, “We were hopeful that the Montana case would be an opportunity for the Supreme Court to reconsider their decision in Citizen’s United, but they decided not to.” For Pelosi, that decision means a return to her four-point plan called DARE: disclose, amend, reform and elect.
Pelosi’s colleague, Rep. Keith Ellison, has already been making the rounds to gin up the grassroots support for what will be a long battle to pass an amendment. Pelosi told reporters, “It really has to thunder across the country” for an amendment to pass, but “we have to have disclosure and transparency in order to have a democratic process.”
Hammill noted that, when they were in power, House Democrats passed the DISCLOSE Act, which would have improved the now-limited disclosure of political donors, only to see it fail to garner the 60 votes necessary to achieve cloture and avoid a filibuster in the Senate. There’s a stripped-down version now pending in the Senate that Hammill said is similar to what political candidates already have to do: “It’s kind of like a ‘stand-by-your-ad’ thing.” But that bill doesn’t even go quite as far as the House bill introduced by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) earlier this year. Neither is expected to make it onto House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) legislative agenda.
But Pelosi sees both the DISCLOSE Act and discussions of a constitutional amendment as “very much a mobilizing tool,” said Hammill, but everyone knows, “It’s a long journey.” The first step, he said, is “We have to win.”
In the long run, Pelosi sees campaign finance reform as a way to increase diversity in politics. “If we took out the role of money in politics,” Hammill said, “we would have a lot more women and minorities decide to run.” For instance, he added, “If there’s no way for a corporation to come in at the last minute and drop $500,000 on your race, more people will want to run.”
Pelosi noted, “You cannot have better policy if you do not change the politics.”
[Image via Public Citizen on Flickr, Creative Commons licensed]
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019