Lofgren Statement on Ten Year Anniversary of Citizens United Decision
WASHINGTON, DC – Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement marking ten years since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC:
“Today marks ten years since the Supreme Court wrongly overturned decades of established precedent and gutted our nation’s campaign finance laws, paving the way for special interests, megadonors, and corporations to funnel unlimited and unrestricted money into our elections.
“The resulting tsunami in outside political spending, much of it in dark money, has made the voices of the wealthy and powerful so loud that they can drown out the voices of everyday Americans. As a result, the mechanics of our democracy—access to voting, running for office, holding government accountable—have all undergone radical changes that have tended to restrict Americans’ right to vote or express their will to their elected government.
“As Chairperson of the Committee on House Administration, I was proud to help pass H.R. 1 – the most transformational and comprehensive democracy reforms in more than four decades. H.R. 1 would put power back in the hands of the American people by helping to curtail the dominance of big money in politics, making it easier, not harder, to vote, and ensuring that politicians actually serve the public interest.
“Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has decided dark money and special interests are best served by preserving the status quo in Washington. He has blocked this important legislation from receiving a vote on the Senate floor.
“Ultimately, if we are to address the problems that we face in the years and decades ahead, it is essential that we bring transparency and accountability to our Government. The voices of all our citizens – rich and poor, young and old – must be heard equally. H.R. 1 fulfills that promise For the People.”