For Immediate Release
PFAW Applauds Obama for Criticizing Citizens United Decision
WASHINGTON - In his annual State of the Union address to Congress,
President Obama criticized the Supreme Court's recent decision in
Citizens United v. FEC. People For the American Way President Michael
B. Keegan applauded the remarks, including the President's focus on
this dangerous ruling.
"The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United upends more than a
century of campaign finance regulations. Given the magnitude of the
decision, I'm glad that the President took the opportunity to address
the issue before Congress and the nation. Congress should move forward
quickly to enact the legislation the President called for.
"While legislation is a crucial part of the effort to repair this
decision, it should be only a part of our response. In addition, we
need to confirm Supreme Court Justices who will keep faith with the
core values of the Constitution and move to enact a Constitutional
amendment restoring government's ability to regulate the influence of
corporations in elections.
"The State of our Union cannot be strong as long as this Supreme
Court's decision goes unchecked. It endangers the democratic system designed by the founders to engage citizens in the
fundamental act of self-governance. Enacting a Constitutional
Amendment is the most complete way to protect our nations promise of
government by the people."
People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.