(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. In the 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court reversed long-standing precedent and declared aggregate limits on campaign contributions in elections to be in violation of the First Amendment.
“This morning’s ruling is just the latest attack in the Supreme Court’s unfortunate and misguided war on democracy – a series of rulings with the combined effect of creating a country in which money talks and voters are left voiceless. Nothing in the First Amendment tells us that Congress is powerless to impose any restriction on the amount that special interests can funnel to PACs, political parties, and candidates for office. The Court’s ruling today is inconsistent with the letter and spirit of our Constitution. I will be working with my colleagues in Congress to amend our Constitution so that this opinion and others like it are wiped off the books and control over our democracy is returned to we the people.”