NEAL FOR CONGRESS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 25, 2012
CONTACT: Matt Fenlon
Renews Call to Overturn Citizens United
(SPRINGFIELD) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement today after the Supreme Court struck down an attempt by the state of Montana to limit corporate campaign contributions, enabling the Citizens United ruling that allows special interests to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns.
“I am disappointed by today's Supreme Court ruling in favor of Citizens United which allows for the continued secretive influx of special interest money to determine our elections. We cannot allow the deep pockets of a select few to drown out the will of the American people.
“My fellow Democrats and I have shown our commitment to overturning Citizens United by sponsoring a Constitutional amendment which would prevent corporations from flooding our elections under the guise of individual contributors. We all know overturning Citizens United is about accountability, transparency, and fairness in our democracy. We all know corporations are not people; while raising money is a reality for elected officials at any level, our democratic system is imperiled if the status quo remains.
“This is why I voted in favor of H.R. 5175, the DISCLOSE Act. The DISCLOSE Act would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, and for other purposes.
“I commend the state of Montana for taking proactive measures to return our elections to the people. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court decided to ignore the voice of Montana residents. As the people's representative from the Second Congressional District of Massachusetts, I am proud to speak on behalf of western and central Massachusetts and voice our unified opposition to Citizens United.
“With the support of enough like-minded individuals I know we can build a groundswell large enough to overcome the wealthiest few who want to control our elections. In order to achieve this goal, I am pledging my continued voice for transparency in campaign finance. If grassroots activists- like the ones supporting me across the First Congressional District- are the voices being heard in our political process rather than special interests, we will elect enough reform-minded candidates to once again allow for sanity and sanctity in our electoral system.”