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Forum Post: Fifty Activist Groups Call for Congressional Hearings on Citizens United

Posted 9 years ago on Feb. 15, 2012, 4:38 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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Fifty organizations presented letters to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Tuesday requesting hearings this year on the need to amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates for unlimited independent campaign spending and gave rise to the infamous Super PAC.

So far in the 112th Congress, lawmakers have introduced 13 constitutional amendment resolutions of varying scope, and dozens more have been introduced in state legislatures. Hearings in the Judiciary Committees would be the next step in moving Congress toward proposing an amendment.


Hold your heads up! Looks like progress to me!!!



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[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (23474) 9 years ago

This is excellent, GirlFriday, and it's great to have you back.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 years ago


[-] 3 points by shoozTroll (17632) 9 years ago


Step one will be taken!!!

Lobby reform next, anyone?

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 years ago

Count me in.

[-] 2 points by epa1nter (4650) from Rutherford, NJ 9 years ago

Hey there GF! Welcome back! There was a whole thread dedicated to you when you vanished for a spell.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 years ago

Thanks. :D

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 9 years ago

Get the dang money out...............From dog catcher to president!!!!

I hope you had a productive hiatus...................The trolls have been going nutz without you................:)

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 years ago

It was productive. I am going to be really busy for a quick minute so it will be hit and miss.

[-] 2 points by HitGirl (2263) 9 years ago

Welcome back, GirlFriday. We missed you.

[-] 1 points by ineptcongress (648) 9 years ago

please, just one rant for me:) what can i say to get that? i think george bush was the best president we'll ever have, he did so many wonderful things for this country that i am in tears. he will be missed and there's no way we can pay back, save for a debt of gratitude!

[-] 1 points by Spade2 (478) 9 years ago

What the fuck is happening?

[-] 1 points by LetsGetReal (1420) from Grants, NM 9 years ago

It is progress, yet as you note, the amendments proposed vary in scope and I have yet to see one introduced in congress which would effectively overturn Citizens United. The actual language of an amendment matters a great deal. We must be vigilant to make sure we don't support an amendment which would not really do the job.

Personally, I think it is highly unlikely that congress will pass any meaningful amendment until they see a flood of states calling for a constitutional convention. I don't think that a single state has done so yet.

This post, and some of the comments thereto point out the weaknesses of the Sanders Amendment.


[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 years ago

I agree with you. They do vary in scope. Let me go have a look at this thread.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 years ago

Good post GF, welcome back. This is a definite common cause issue.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 years ago

Thanks. :D

[-] -1 points by BlackSun (275) from Agua León, BC 9 years ago


[-] -1 points by tomahawk99 (-26) 9 years ago

you really should put things in quotes when they are not your words (i.e. this whole blog).

[-] -1 points by tomahawk99 (-26) 9 years ago

good luck constitutional amendments are very difficult to do

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 years ago

They are. However, it is the pulse.

An amendment or legislation. This is about recourse. Let us try all available avenues. Yeah?

[-] -1 points by mediaauditr (-88) 9 years ago

How much does MSNBC pay you to carry water for them? How many times in the past year has Obama demonized Super PACs and the 2010 Supreme Court ruling, only to be hypocritical and begin taking from his own Super PAC just last week? You are truly a foolish little tunkin'. Poor little sister Friday

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 years ago

I don't watch MSNBC, sweetie pie. Try again, fucktwit.

[-] -1 points by mediaauditr (-88) 9 years ago

ohhh, poor little tunkin' did I hurt your feewings? You're right about one thing, I am a sweetie pie ;-)

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 years ago

No, you didn't hurt my feelings. :D

[-] -2 points by JanitorInaDrum (134) 9 years ago

Well that uncle tom you and ZenPup love so much sure made no bones about stepping up and exploiting it just like he has the rest of the united states.