Letter: Quarter way to getting rid of damaging Citizen United


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Posted Online: Nov. 11, 2012, 6:00 am
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Now that the campaign season is over, we can finally get a break from all those awful ads. Most people know those ads and the huge sums of money that paid for them were unleashed by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

But did you know we're now one-quarter of the way to reversing that decision by amending the U.S. Constitution? As of Tuesday, we are.

Twenty-four U.S. senators and 75 representatives have introduced or co-sponsored amendments to overturn Citizens United. Eleven states have formally called for an amendment, including two, Montana and Colorado, where the voters statewide just voted on Tuesday to call for one.

Nearly $1 billion is estimated to have been spent by outside groups alone. That amount is a direct result of Citizens United (http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2012/10/2012-election-spending-will-reach-6.html).

Richard Brei,
Geneseo















 




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