Congressman seeks to overturn Citizens United

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. James McGovern has introduced two constitutional amendments designed to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case that lifted many restrictions on corporate spending in political elections.

McGovern said one of the two amendments, H.J. Res. 20, would empower Congress and the states to regulate political spending.

The second, H.J. Res. 21, would overturn the ruling and clarify that corporations cannot be treated as individuals with constitutional rights.

The Massachusetts Democrat said he decided to file the amendments because the American people are “repulsed by the large amount of money” being spent on campaigns.

Any effort to amend the U.S. Constitution faces daunting hurdles.

Supporters of the Citizens United decision say it upholds the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.

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