Hillary Clinton Rocks The Kochs By Announcing Support For Overturning Citizens United

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At a campaign event in Iowa today, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came out in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

During a roundtable with students in Iowa, Clinton said:

I want to be the champion who goes to bat for Americans in four big areas, four big fights that I think we have to take on because there are those who don’t agree with what I think we should be doing, and they’re pretty powerful forces.

We need build the economy of tomorrow, not yesterday. We need to strengthen families and communities because that’s where it all starts. We need to fix our dysfunctional political system, and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if it takes a constitutional amendment, and we need to protect our country from the threats that we see and the ones that are on the horizon.

Clinton’s answer represents a strengthening of her position against Citizens United. Last year, she answered a question on Citizens United by saying, “I would consider supporting an amendment among these lines that would prevent the abuse of our political system by excessive amounts of money if there is no other way to deal with the Citizen’s United decision.”

It is interesting that out of the four areas that she deemed the big fights getting the dark money out of politics was the one with the most detail. Those who were worried about whether Hillary Clinton would be progressive enough to represent the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party are seeing their concerns addressed quickly by former Sec. Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton’s support for a constitutional amendment to repeal Citizens United is a big deal. Clinton looks like a vastly different candidate compared to her 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination. Early on, it appears that Clinton has been listening to where the Democratic Party has shifted.

The issue of the wealthy and corporations being able to buy our democracy through unlimited and unaccountable campaign contributions is the biggest current threat to our electoral and political systems. The impact of Citizens United can be witnessed in the behavior the current Republican-controlled Congress. Republicans only care about their big donors, which is why they pursue an agenda that is the opposite of the priorities of the vast majority of the American people.

Hillary Clinton is hitting the campaign trail running, and her support for repealing Citizens United means that if she is elected to serve as the next President Of The United States, those who want to see Citizens United repealed will have a champion in the White House.

32 Replies to “Hillary Clinton Rocks The Kochs By Announcing Support For Overturning Citizens United”

  1. Wow…If HRC can make people aware of how Citizens United is Destroying America!
    That’s a mighty huge breakthrough!

  2. Sounds like she is saying, “I want to continue all the things President Obama is already doing.” Good to hear.

  3. Citizens United doesn’t unite anyone except the wealthy as it’s made running for any kind of office out of reach for ordinary Americans.

    I find it deeply disturbing that corporations in our country would rather spend millions on corrupt politicians who only look after the interest of the wealthy than give their own employees a dollar or two more per hour in their salaries.

    Good for Hillary Clinton. Like her or not, she’s at least making the differences between the two parties very clear; especially for those who say both parties are the same.

  4. Can’t wait to hear what the Koch stooges response will be to this! They going to withhold their tax returns too? Can’t wait to hear PBO and Bill’s response! GOP speech writers will be going crazy! Hannity and O’Reilly will wet their pants!

    GO HILLARY!

  5. Go Hillary! She is coming out slugging. This is what we want to see for leadership. Not somebody who is going to cow tow and keep things status quo. For what it’s worth…..I know alot of people don’t like her……but she is one smart lady, with alot of experience under her belt. I want to hear MORE of what her intentions for our country are. Next, I want to hear that she’s going after Monsanto. C’mon Hillary, you’ve really got to drop kick that ball hard.

  6. Good Start: Hilary 4-14-15 Day 1 of Campaign trail – announces she would support overturning Citizens United. The Supreme Court decision that allows corporations to have the rights of people. The idea that ‘corporations are people’ has spread from campaign finance law into the sphere of religious liberty. And there is no reason to believe it will stop there. Taken to the extreme anyone can refuse to pay taxes, a bill, rent or anything because of their religious beliefs. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-hollis-brusky-citizens-united-consequences-20150109-story.html

  7. She’s a very skilled lawyer and everyone knows how to tell when a lawyer is lying. (Whenever their lips are moving)

  8. Nice try. But she will say one thing and do something else once elected. I want a candidate that has already proven that he will do all he can to overturn Citizens United. That man is Bernie Sanders. Bernie will bulldoze the Bad Billionaires. Corporate Clinton will coddle the Kochs.

  9. Bernie Sanders has a track record doing what she says she wants to do. Why hasn’t corporate Clinton been doing it all along? Could it be her hearts just not in it, and she is just saying what we want to hear to get elected?

  10. I know you failed civics but the only way citizens united can be overturn with this court is by a constitutional amendment

  11. She wants to get unaccountable money out of politics by taking lots of unaccountable money. Lets give some accountable money to an accountable man with a track record of refusing unaccountable campaign cash. Bernie Sanders is the true peoples candidate. Ditch the attorneys. Bernie Sanders for president

  12. I’ll vote for Clinton as the nominee, and maybe in the primary, but the shilling of articles like this is irritatingly disingenuous. Literally every Senate Democrat already voted for this last year. So the author is declaring that by supporting something 100% of Dems support, not only did Clinton “Rock” wealthy conservatives, but “Mrs. Clinton’s support for a constitutional amendment to repeal Citizens United is a big deal.” The author is flatly misleading uninformed Democrats into thinking that by taking a totally party-line position, Clinton did something bold. She may take other bold positions, but this ain’t one of them.

  13. djchefron: So, you intimidate again! Not constructive nor contributory. It’s hard to tell which side you are on. He who calls names first, seems to be pointing fingers in order to distract from his own guilt… It is already accepted that overturning CU will require a constitutional amendment. Your target of scorn is correct, that HC’s sudden progressive bent is due to pressure from progressive heroes like Sanders, Reich, even Warren. To the extent she bends that way, good. It’s difficult to believe she will stay true, if elected. Progressives need more believable candidates than HC.

  14. That would make them impeachable! Let’s see: one less Scalia, one less Thomas( we will replace him with Obama) That should Fix things!

  15. Horse races and elections, yada-yada bs. How are the few fence sitters supposed to choose unless the cand-
    idates declare their intentions? Many of us see this as
    a poke in the faces of republican candidates challenging
    them to oppose CU as well. Koch sponsored tea party
    candidates would never bite the hand that feeds ’em.
    Call them out, Hillary!

  16. Hillary will promise to give the rednecks their guns back that Obama took away, eliminate those pesky death panels, and make sure Obama returns to Kenya. This will assure to the GOP minions she is a moderate and impress Rush. Heck, she might get 95% of the GOP vote with these promises!

  17. Citizens United could be weakened if voters were allowed to vote two months prior to an election. Also mail-in voting would facilitate a higher voter turnout.

    Online voting needs to be developed. Name, address, voter ID card # paid for by states, otherwise it amounts to an unconstitutional poll tax, and the last four-digits of the voter’s Social Security number. If any one of those do not match with an already established database, the vote would be disallowed.

    When the vote is sent to election headquarters, a paper printout and digitized record of the ballot would be made. In a recount of close elections, the digitized and paper totals would have to agree.

    Hamilton disputed that a corporation is a person. He said that a corporation is an artificial person, and “The laws of alienage cannot apply to an artificial person.” (Hamilton’s Opinion as to the Constitutionality of the Bank of the United States: 1791)

  18. Ya, she says she might suport an amendment, but will she suport taking away “Corporate Personhood”? Will she suport that “Money is NOT Speech”? Will he suport that because you have lots os money, you should have lots of peach? Lots of accese? Does he REALY suport the people, or is this just lip service? She needs to make a firm comitment, “Move to Amend”

  19. Really? You mean like the vastly increased use of drones killing innocent civilians? The endless military conflicts the US gets involved in? How about letting the banks off scot free and not prosecuting wall street fraudsters, or for that matter Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et. al, for war crimes? Then there is the increased lack of privacy via the NSA and the rest of the alphabet soup, that he’s all in favor of? –

    have you lost your mind?

  20. HILLARY has lived in the white house for 8 years and she has campaigned for over 7 years, unless some catastrophic political occurrence SHE GOT THIS ONE,,DEMOCRATS,need to put effort into the governors and congressmen right now republicans can OVERIDE AN OBAMA VETO ,we cannot have this we need more congressmen ,or you may as well turn over the country to the republicans…

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