Citizen and consumer advocacy groups are calling on Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, to co-sponsor a constitutional amendment they say would overturn the negative impact of controversial Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance.
The proposed amendment would empower Congress and the states to regulate and limit election spending.
It’s in response to two Supreme Court decisions (Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC) that significantly loosened campaign donation limits.
“From everything I’ve seen, Citizens United has been detrimental to our country and at this time, I do plan to vote yes on that,” Donnelly says.
Citizens advocacy group Common Cause Indiana director Julia Vaughn says Donnelly’s support isn’t enough. She says he needs to be a leader on the issue.
“There is widespread agreement among Hoosiers of all political stripes that the Supreme Court is very misguided in their view that corporations enjoy the same rights as people and money equals speech,” she says.
Vaughn says the amendment, which is scheduled for a vote in the Senate next week, is a necessary first step towards restoring what she calls “sanity” to the campaign finance system.