Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a constitutional amendment that would have restored limits on big money in politics. Bernie cosponsored the amendment, which sought to overturn a 2010 Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case that opened the floodgates to unlimited and unregulated spending on elections. He called the vote a win for the Koch brothers and other billionaires who have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Republican campaigns. It was a victory for Republicans and a defeat for American democracy, Bernie said.
Vermont and 15 other states along with voters and city councils in more than 500 cities and towns already have passed measures supporting a constitutional amendment. A survey last spring conducted by the Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner polling firm found that the Citizens United ruling was opposed by 80 percent of those surveyed. Bernie said Americans must continue the fight to overturn Citizens United.”