Senator Tester Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Fight Dark Money and End Citizens United

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From Senator Jon Tester: “The U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision is a threat to transparent democracy and should be overturned with a constitutional amendment in order to uphold Montana values.”

Tester has always opposed the unpopular 2010 decision, which allows corporations to spend unlimited money on political campaigns with no transparency.  That means even foreign corporations can “buy” American elections, Tester said.

“Montanans expect real people—not corporations—to decide our elections, and I’ll do whatever it takes to guarantee full transparency in the process,” Tester said.  “The Citizens United decision undermines Montana values.  Montanans rejected corporate control of elections a century ago and I’m eager to join them in standing up for our long-held values.”

Tester supports amending the Constitution to restore the right of Congress to limit corporate spending in federal elections and to guarantee the right of states to regulate their elections – ensuring transparency and accountability at both the federal and state levels.

In a video posted to Twitter Senator Tester calls for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn dark money that flooded into our elections after the Citizens United case was decided.

End Citizens United (ECU) endorsed Jon Tester for U.S. Senate. A champion of campaign finance reform, Tester has a proven track record of fighting to overturn Citizens United and working to reform the broken campaign finance system.

“There’s no stronger champion working to get Big Money out of politics than Senator Tester.  He epitomizes Montana’s proud tradition of supporting good government and clean, transparent elections,” said Tiffany Muller, End Citizens United executive director. “Jon Tester knows that our democracy works best when it puts people first – not corporations and big special interests.  ECU is proud to stand with Tester, and we look forward to fighting alongside of him to take on the rigged system and give all Montanans and Americans a voice.”

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