The Leader Board
Jun 15 2012
Senior Democrats Say They 'Have A Clear Agenda' To 'Amend The Constitution.' 'Speech… To Be Fully Regulated'
REPORT: If 'Re-Election Happens, Mr. Obama Will Stop At Almost Nothing'
"On David Axelrod's New York City itinerary for Monday: to meet privately with potential donors to a 'super PAC' supporting President Obama's re-election, then publicly declare that if that re-election happens, Mr. Obama will stop at almost nothing to undo the ruling that made super PACs possible." ("Axelrod Floats Amendment To Stem Campaign Spending," The New York Times' "The Caucus," 6/12/12)
- DAVID AXELROD: "I hope that one of the things we can do, when we win this election, is use whatever tools are available, up to and including a Constitutional amendment, to turn this back." ("Axelrod Floats Amendment To Stem Campaign Spending," The New York Times' "The Caucus," 6/12/12)
'Such An Amendment Has Already Been Proposed'
"…such an amendment has already been proposed by a group of Democratic senators, led by Jeff Merkley of Oregon." ("Axelrod Floats Amendment To Stem Campaign Spending," The New York Times' "The Caucus," 6/12/12)
Sen. Schumer: 'The First Amendment Is Not Absolute'
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "The First Amendment is not absolute… This constitutional amendment is a moral, political and substantive imperative." (Sen. Schumer, Remarks At Citizens United Summit, 4/19/12)
SEN. FRANK LAUTENBERG (D-NJ): "The Tea Party Republicans in Washington… They don't deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution!" ("Dem. Senator's Shocking Comment: Tea Partiers 'Don't Deserve The Freedoms That Are In The Constitution,'" The Blaze, 3/25/11)
SEN. TOM UDALL (D-NM): "This is the core issue. All the things we believe in are not going to get done unless we face down the Supreme Court. They have taken this over. And what we're doing with this constitutional amendment is we're saying to them: 'No longer. You aren't in charge of this anymore.'" (Sen. Udall, Remarks At Citizens United Summit, 4/19/12)
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): "My good friend, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, has offered a constitutional amendment… ultimately, this is what we are fighting for." (Sen. Sanders, Remarks At Citizens United Summit, 4/19/12)
House Dems: 'Amend The Constitution To Rid It Of This,' 'All Of The Speech… To Be Fully Regulated'
REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): "We have a clear agenda in this regard. Disclose, reform the system, reducing the role of money in campaigns, and amend the Constitution to rid it of this ability for special interests to use secret, unlimited, huge amounts of money going to campaigns." (Rep. Pelosi, Press Conference, 4/19/12)
REP. TED DEUTCH (D-FL): "Last November, I introduced a constitutional amendment to make clear that corporations aren't people, money is not a protected form of speech." (Rep. Edwards, Remarks At Citizens United Summit, 4/19/12)
REP. DONNA EDWARDS (D-MD): "And so the question is not whether we should amend the Constitution. ... The question is whether we will have the leadership in the House of Representatives, in the United States Senate… what it would do is it would say, all of the speech in which - whether it's corporations or - or campaign committees and others engage in would be able to be fully regulated under the authority of the Congress…" (Rep. Edwards, Remarks At Citizens United Summit, 4/19/12)
REP. KEITH ELLISON (D-MN): "Ultimately, though, Congress needs to authority to enact meaningful campaign finance reform, and that's only going to come if we amend the Constitution and overturn Citizens United. … The fact is, is that, look, money is not speech." (Rep. Ellison, Remarks At Citizens United Summit, 4/19/12)
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