Public Citizen - One third of Congress supports amendment

Support for Amending the Constitution to Overturn Citizens United Is Now One-Third of the Way There

Support Growing in U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and State Legislatures

September 24, 2013

Contact: Sam Jewler (202) 588-7779; Angela Bradbery (202) 588-7741

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Advocates are celebrating a significant milestone in the campaign for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United that opened the floodgates of money from corporations and the ultra wealthy into our political system. Support for the campaign now stands at one-third of what is needed for victory.

The Constitution can be amended by votes of a supermajority of each chamber of Congress, followed by ratification by three-quarters of the states. Support for an amendment now stands at one third of each of those thresholds. In support are 27 sponsors and co-sponsors in the Senate out of 67 needed (40 percent), 98 sponsors and co-sponsors in the House out of 290 needed (33 percent) and official resolutions, ballot measures or official calls for an amendment in 16 out of the 38 states needed (42 percent).

“Fast gaining momentum, the movement for a constitutional amendment aims to reassert popular sovereignty and return America to the founding constitutional principle embodied in the phrase, We, the People,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “We, the People of the United States are fast on our way to winning a constitutional amendment to ensure our government works for us, not JP Morgan, Pfizer and Walmart.”

To read the full release, along with numbers on congressional support for an amendment and comments from representatives of all the organizations involved, go here.