Obama Endorses Anti-Citizens United Amendment In Reddit Chat
Source: Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- In answering a question posed to him by a member of the Internet community Reddit, President Barack Obama stated his support for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, the first time that the president has voiced this position himself.
In response to a question about the president's position on money in politics, Obama wrote, "Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn't revisit it). Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change."
The president's support for a constitutional amendment comes months after he endorsed the activities of Priorities USA Action, the super PAC that is supporting his candidacy and run by a former White House communications aide. Obama's support was billed as reluctant, but necessary.
At the time, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote a blog post explaining the endorsement of the super PAC, which also included a statement of support for a constitutional amendment, "The President opposed the Citizens United decision ...And the President favors action—by constitutional amendment, if necessary—to place reasonable limits on all such spending."
1. Thanks, this is more complete than the other statement I'd read.
He spoke about this before, but the MT case hadn't gotten to the USSC and there wasn't an Amendment to push. So this can work on the grass roots level I hope for several more grass roots, state by state actions to transform government and elections.