Resolution Cites Toxic Influx of Unlimited Corporate Money into Elections; Urges Congress to Amend U.S. Constitution to Supersede Court’s Ruling
(TRENTON) — Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, M.D., (D-Burlington) and Daniel R. Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) issued a multimedia package Monday of excerpts from their news conference condemning the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in “Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission” and calling for broad support of their resolution urging Congress to propose an amendment to the Constitution to reverse the decision.
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision issued on January 21, 2010, overturned more than two decades of legal precedent; declaring corporations to have the same communication rights as individual people and essentially green-lighted the unlimited influx of special interest money in elections at every level of government.
Conaway and Benson’s resolution (AR-86) strongly opposes the court’s decision and calls upon Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to provide that corporations do not share the same rights as individual people with regard to campaign spending. The General Assembly approved the resolution Thursday by a vote of 49-23-6.
The multimedia package consists of video excerpts from Conaway and Benson’s news conference on the resolution and audio of same.
The audio file is available upon request.