Tester on Supreme Court decision: Big money tightened its grip on American politics today
(U.S. SENATE) - Senator Jon Tester, who introduced a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, today released the following statement after the Supreme Court struck down overall contribution limits that prevented individuals from contributing more than $123,000 to candidates and party committees per election cycle:
"The Supreme Court today allowed big money to continue its manipulation of our democracy. In an era where corporations are people and the wealthiest Americans buy elections, today's decision further empowers a select few at the expense of the American people. Make no mistake: this decision is a set-back for our freedoms."
In McCutcheon v. FEC, the court ruled, in a 5-4 vote, against restrictions on aggregate campaign donations to political candidates and political parties. The decision comes four years after the court decided in Citizens United that limits on independent campaign spending by unions and corporations were unconstitutional.