O’Halleran: We Must Overturn Citizens United

January 22, 2020
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VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK— Today, on the ten-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision that deregulated limits on independent expenditure group, private entity, and corporation spending in American elections, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement in support of the continued work by the House to overturn this disastrous decision, and his “A” rating from End Citizens United.

“Since I was elected in 2016, I have made my top priority reforming ethics and bringing transparency to Washington. This Congress, I introduced a package of five ethics bills to ensure lawmakers are held accountable to our constituents, including three I originally introduced in the 115th Congress.

“To get dark money out of politics, I helped pass H.R.1—the For the People Act—a package of reforms to protect the integrity of our elections. I also cosponsored H.J.Res.2, a constitutional amendment to set limits on the money raised and spent by candidates and donors to influence elections.

“I am proud to receive an ‘A’ rating from End Citizens United and I look forward to continued work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get dark money out of politics, safeguard our elections from foreign interference, and protect Americans’ right to the ballot box.”

The End Citizens United Scorecard is based on key votes, bill co-sponsorships, and positions on government reform issues. The full scorecard can be viewed, here.

Information on O’Halleran’s ethics legislation can be found, here.

BACKGROUND:

January 21, 2020 marks 10 years since the Supreme Court released its Citizens United v. FEC decision, a landmark campaign finance case in which the Court ruled 5-4 that corporations and unaccountable outside groups could spend unlimited funds in elections, ushering in an era of super PACS, corrupt and nontransparent campaign practices, and the intrusion of dark money into American elections.

End Citizens United is an independent organization working to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision.