Legislative acts designed to curb the influence of money in politics were obliterated following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The court ruled that the government cannot restrict independent political expenditures by unions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. These entities can now raise and spend unlimited sums of money to influence elections via independent expenditure-only committees, also known as Super PACs. With the Supreme Court effectively classifying the spending of money as a form of free speech, the wealthiest Americans and corporations are given the loudest voices in the political arena and are able to drown out the voices of individuals lacking monetary resources. This pay-to-play system is inherently undemocratic and promotes political corruption.
We need a constitutional amendment to end the influence of money in politics. Such an amendment has been introduced by Rep. Richard Nolan (D-MN) – House Joint Resolution 48. If elected, I will cosponsor this amendment. Politicians should be beholden to their voters and not to a handful of wealthy donors.