LANSING — State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) and state Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) introduced resolutions today that would urge the U.S. Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to allow the regulation of independent political expenditures by corporations. If passed, the resolution would make Michigan the 20th state calling for the amendment, which would overturn the controversial Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court case.
“Our elections should be in the hands of real people — meaning citizens, not corporations,” said Sen. Warren. “When companies have the power to meddle in elections, the voices of everyday electors get overwhelmed by their money and insider influence. Repealing Citizens United puts the power of our democracy back in the hands of the voters.”
Over 27 million dollars was spent in the 2016 elections in Michigan, with the 2018 election projected to be even more costly. In 2015, Michigan was given the worst score by the Center for Public Integrity for transparency within state government. An amendment overturning Citizens United would allow Michigan legislators to set campaign finance limits that prevent the anonymous and untraceable spending that has been seen in elections in recent years.
“Democracy fails when power is concentrated in the hands of the few,” said Rep. Moss. “We cannot say we’re a government of and for the people when special interests and corporations can use their money to control message and action. Everyone, regardless of their background or financial status, should have a place at the table, and an opportunity for their voices to be heard and their needs to be addressed. Overturning this ridiculous case is an important step in restoring our democracy.”