Florida Special Election Shows Strength of Opposition to 'Citizens United'

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Miranda Blue or Josh Glasstetter
202-467-4999 / media@pfaw.org

Florida Special Election Shows Strength of Opposition to 'Citizens United'

Deutch made a Constitutional Amendment to fix Citizens United a centerpiece of his campaign

WASHINGTON - Democrat Ted Deutch decisively
won a
special election yesterday to fill the open seat in Florida's 19th
congressional district. Deutch made his support for a constitutional
to reverse the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC a centerpiece of his

Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the
American Way, issued the
following statement:

"I congratulate Senator Deutch on his decisive
win, and wish him
well as he continues his work on behalf of the people of Florida.
Senator Deutch's vocal
support of efforts to fight back against corporate influence in
elections, and
his advocacy for a Constitutional
Amendment to
undo the
Supreme Court's devastating decision in Citizens
, earned him overwhelming support from Florida voters. 
He'll be a
strong leader in the fight to preserve the power of everyday Americans
in our

"Deutch's opponent attempted to paint the
election as a
referendum against the President
Democratic congressional leadership. Instead, he was roundly defeated
by an
electorate fed up with the growing corporate influence in elections and
determined to take back the democratic process. This election sends a
signal that the public won't stand for the Supreme Court handing
influence to wealthy corporations, and that voters are ready to take
steps to reclaim their power over the electoral process."


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.

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