Bernie Sanders Calls Republican Blocking Of Citizens United Amendment A Defeat For Democracy


After Senate Republicans blocked a constitutional amendment that would have overturned Citizens United, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called the Koch victory a defeat for democracy.

In a statement, Sanders said, “I am extremely disappointed that not one Republican voted today to stop billionaires from buying elections and undermining American democracy. While the Senate vote was a victory for Republicans, it was a defeat for American democracy. The Koch brothers and other billionaires should not be allowed to spend hundreds of millions of dollars electing candidates who represent the wealthy and the powerful. The fight to overturn Citizens United must continue at the grassroots level in every state in this country.”

Earlier this week when Republicans voted with Democrats to allow debate on the constitutional amendment to move forward, it was a sign that associating with the Koch brothers had become toxic. Senate Republicans tried to fool the voters back home by supporting moving forward on the amendment, but everyone knew that when the time came for final passage, Senate Republicans would bow to their Koch masters.

Before the vote, the Senate’s top Koch whore, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said, “Given the urgency of this situation, I have to say it’s a little disconcerting to see the Democrat-led Senate focusing on things like reducing free speech protections for the American people. At a time when the rest of the country is worried about the threat of ISIL. At a time when millions wonder how they’re ever going to find a job in this awful economy. At a time when we find out that crushing federal regulations have gotten so out of control that they now cost our economy more than $2 trillion a year. This is what they chose to make their top legislative priority this week. Taking an eraser to the First Amendment.”

To Republicans, not allowing the Koch brothers to buy the government is a limiting of free speech for every American.

After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blasted the Republicans, “Senate Democrats want a government that works for all Americans – not just the richest few. Today Senate Republicans clearly showed that they would rather sideline hard-working families in order to protect the Koch brothers and other radical interests that are working to fix our elections and buy our democracy.”

As Sen. Sanders said, the battle to overturn Citizens United will be a long-term grassroots fight. The point of the Senate debate this week wasn’t to pass the bill because everyone already knew that wasn’t going to happen. The point was to bring the issue front and center. It is important that the American people get educated about what the Koch brothers and other right-wing billionaires are trying to do.

The Koch brothers won’t be defeated in the Congress or the current Supreme Court. Victory will come state by state as individuals stand up and demand their government back. Today may have been a defeat for democracy, but it was another step forward in the battle to be won.

49 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Calls Republican Blocking Of Citizens United Amendment A Defeat For Democracy”

  1. No surprise. The Repubs. sold their souls to the highest bidders. The Conservatives have never been about conserving,or caring.

    They are selfish, war mongers and they call the Terrorist scary???? Wake up people.

  2. WHY would he be surprised by this? We might as well not even have a government any more. That’s how utterly USELESS they are.

  3. What you need is sustained outrage…there’s far too much unthinking respect given to authority.
    -Molly Ivins

  4. What a disgrace for the Republican party. One can almost feel the rumble of our founding fathers rolling in their graves. The only way to fix this mess is at the ballot box. VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!

  5. Of course Republicans blocked campaign finance reform, that’s what they’re paid to do.

    The question is: Do the democrats that voted for this support calling for an Article 5 convention since Congress can’t act?

    An article 5 Convention would bypass congress, and be able to propose an amendment directly to the states for ratification. If 38 states voted for it, than the constitution would be amended.

    An Article 5 Convention is the only way to overturn Citizens United. Please ask your senator if they support calling for an Article 5 convention.
    If democrats don’t support calling for an Article 5, then this whole business was probably nothing more than an election year stunt.

  6. These people are taking government money under false pretenses. Money we put in the kitty for better things.

  7. Deb, the only way to reverse this is to steal a page from the Republican playbook – every elected position from local dogcatcher to US Congress needs to be filled with Dems and Progressives. We need our people to run in EVERY election. City Council, School Board, Assessor’s office, Sheriff, Dog Catcher – whatever seat is up for grabs – run for it!

  8. Disgusting display of greed~! I hope this is remembered by the electorat in November. Let’s reclaim our country


  9. The GOPT and their 1% donors are going to keep on doing what they are doing until the American spirit is broken.

    That is their agenda. Break us, put up a brick wall in front of anything we want to do to make this country great and prosperous for ALL.

  10. The hypocrites on the right would be screaming bloody murder if they thought this helped Democrats in the least way. They would be screaming that it is unconstitutional (and it is) and a blatant power grab by rich liberals to take over the country, but since it benefits them more than others, they are fine with it.

    If the next two elections don’t show a marked movement toward progressive ideals, and a rejection of the right’s attempts to buy our government, I don’t think there is much hope in the near future. If current events are not enough to tilt the country away from conservatism, then I don’t know what will.

  11. The GOP doesn’t even seem to realize the irony of saying money is “free” speech. I don’t think they understand the definition of the word free. In their world they don’t do or say anything without being paid.

  12. The middle class conserves get screwed over just much as the left by these millionaires. Why don’t they understand this? The only way we can overthrow the Koch Bros and other 2% Rich is to somehow educate the Repubs middle class that the Republican leaders have only one use for their loyal voters, to elect them into office. Thats it! We will not be treated not anyone in our social class, fairly. Its like the Middle Ages again, the poor serfs are kept to their lowly positions by the upper class of “Lords” Its taken centuries for a middle class to emerge and if the Tea Party and dark, evil soulless Koch and their Ilk achieve their goals our middle class will be eliminated. They will own us. We need to stop the bickering, unite and fight against their suppression. Why do they want to cut education? An educated voter, knows they are being used by the very people that will keep them suppressed. Wake up Americans. This the real freedom that is being taken from us….

  13. “Seriously, did anyone believe the GOP would vote to overturn the one thing they benefit from the most?!”

    Well Chuck, yesterday a considerable number of commentators here said that all we have to do is amend the constitution, so to answer your question, apparently yes. Why, it makes perfect sense that the party that benefits the most from the Citizens United ruling would want to vote against their own best interests and help the Democrats weaken the Republican election buying machine.

  14. they are plundering but everyone is too afraid to say – it is why the planet melts.
    “…the practical expression of faith force.” – Ayn Rand

  15. In all Bernie’s it’s different now the shoe is on the other foot. all of hisspouing he doesn’t mention Warren Buffett’s money to super left wing democrats. Bernie Harry and Nancy all need to retire. We need are people that don’t play blame game and fix thing like Regan did!

  16. Did you ever finish summer school? Its Reagan not Regan unless you were talking about Donald Regan but I wont give your homeschooled ass that much credit in knowing who he was.
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  17. The american people are fed up with the Republicans and their minority control. This is like a dictatorship. We will ignore politics and elections and take it to the Republicans and Democrats in the streets and their offices. You have awakened the beast.

  18. I don’t understand. If Republicans agreed to allow debate to move forward does that mean that they did NOT filibuster it? And if they did not filibuster it, was there a vote taken? And if a vote was taken and it did not pass, doesn’t that mean that there were Democrats who did not vote for it? I’m a bit confused.

  19. It takes a 2/3 vote for a constitutional amendment, the vote was all Democrats for and all Republicans against, therefore no 2/3 as required. Republicans only allowed the vote (they knew it wouldn’t pass) in order to stall discussion of other issues before they leave to campaign.

  20. Obama has certainly spent a lot of time in my state raising money from people who run California companies. It runs both ways. Also, was there a provision in this constitutional amendment to stop unions from donating? If it is, then I’m all for it.

  21. “Fix things like Regan (sic) did”???

    Are you SERIOUS?
    Reagan BROKE everything, raised the debt ceiling 18 times, had us in double digit unemployment, and was, without a doubt, the worst, and most inept President in the history of the United States…

    “Reagan’s only contribution throughout the entire hour and a half was to interrupt somewhere at midpoint to tell us he’d watched a movie the night before, and he gave us the plot from WarGames, the movie. That was his only contribution.”

    –Lee Hamilton (Representative from Indiana) interviewed by Haynes Johnson, Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years

  22. Any one up for burning in effigy all Republican Senators and Representative? And doing it right front of their homes, either in DC or their home state.

  23. Texian, I can tell by your answer that it would be a monumental waste of my time trying to enlighten you. Have a great life.

  24. I agree. It is time for a Constitutional convention. The surprising thing is, Republicans will be very down, even if not the ones in Congress. Check Mark Levin.. he’s all about it, and an unrepentant hate monger of the 1st order. So we will have a war to wage, on lies and un truth, perpetuated by those who would condemn, kill, and withhold food from small children and call themselves Christian.
    Talk to move to amend, and talk to me.

  25. It’s about the 1st Amendment, also. Seriously, the ACLU warns the way it reads, it could be used to ban books, movies, etc. Leave it to the congress to attack the first amendment free speech, with controlling money. George Soros is a bigger threat. He has publicly stated his disdain for America and wants to destroy it. Like the bankers, they want to control everything and everybody. Rockefeller stated so

  26. Our country ceased to exist decades ago!

    As soon as it took huge amounts of money to win elections all parties sold themselves to the highest bidders. There are a few hold outs but not enough to make a difference.

    If one thinks of the Koch brothers as the only bad guys with check books one ignores or willfully denies the not as visible democratic party’s dark money and power brokers. We the people became we the people with the fattest check books years ago.

    Need proof? When 90% of the people want Citizens United overturned and it doesn’t happen that should shout loud and clear that “We the people” are not being represented by our “elected officials”. It is quite clear that money talks and the real people of the US are ignored by both parties and almost all those we elect. Once in a while the upper middle class makes a little difference while anyone less fortunate is ignored completely.

  27. Oh good grief, is this something you actually believe? Soros wants to destroy America? Seek help

    Money and buying the government is not free speech

  28. Of course the republicans want to keep citizens united. That’s because they know the only way they can win is to buy elections thru the 1% who don’t have any empathy for others.They are not capable.

  29. We all know that Roaches have crawled amongst us for hundreds of thousands of years. Dammit , we can’t get rid of them! We’ve tried though. Ronnie was the overseer of said Roaches. Ok, where do we think the odor of this new car came from? Roaches. Don’t you just love the smell? Republican Roaches, always into our lives, never good for the Household or the Senate. That’s it in a nutshell.

  30. Then get out and vote! Get your friends to vote. This is the only way you can counter the hundreds of millions that the Kochs and their ilk pour into elections. They may be able to pour in millions of dollars of ad buys, but they still only get one vote. That is why President Obama and not Mitt Romney is in the White House. Don’t sit on your butt for the midterms! Get out and get your friends out to vote!

  31. Well, we do have Republicans voting against their own interests all the time. Unfortunately, it’s not the one’s in Congress, but the morons who vote them in.

  32. There wouldn’t be an ISIS to worry about if it wasn’t for people like the Koch’s.. We are supposed to be drug into another war.. And as usual, fighting the wrong “enemies”. Killing the little people will never stop anything except preventing children growing up. Including our children that goes to die for Israel, and the oil rich Arabian countries, that are funding these endless wars. We should be cutting off the heads of the proven snakes.

  33. Hey Rick –

    You’re right. We the American People have to fight this. Our President is a lame duck and has been bought out also, so it’s entirely up to the People to save our country. We have to remove ourselves from our comfort zones and vote, spread the word, and peacefully protest. It will be an uphill battle but we can win!

    After seeing what the Republicans did yesterday, I searched the internet for activist groups and I’m volunteering to provide voting services for people in worse-off neighborhoods. So I guess you can say that my actions are Republican inspired.

    I will spread the word and I hope you will too. Most Americans have no clue as to how serious this is. If our politicians are bought, they will be willing puppets for corporations and the elite.

    I started here:

  34. Face the fact that America is no longer a democracy of freedom, America is a dictatorship and the everyday American people are slaves of the wealth.

  35. John McCain yelling and screaming what a terrible decision BUT when it came time to vote he voted the money as usual.

  36. Do we really want to amend the Constitution of the United States of America every time we don’t all agree with a decision of the Supreme Court?

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