AGs urge Congress to check corporate spending on elections

by - April 05, 2012

Concerned about unlimited contributions by corporations for political advertising, Attorney General Martha Coakley has submitted a formal letter to Congress urging an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The letter sent today to Congressional leadership was signed by AG Coakley and 10 other state Attorneys General.

In January 2010, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The Supreme Court ruled that certain restrictions under federal law on corporate political campaign advertisements violated the First Amendment's free speech protections, thereby allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections.

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