Center for Public Integrity: Study: Most Americans want to kill ‘Citizens United’ with constitutional amendment (In the News)

May 10, 2018   •  By IFS Staff
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Center for Public Integrity: Study: Most Americans want to kill ‘Citizens United’ with constitutional amendment

By Ashley Balcerzak

Liberals and conservatives overwhelmingly support a constitutional amendment that would effectively overturn the Supreme Court’s seminal campaign finance decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, according to a new study from the University of Maryland and nonpartisan research group Voice of the People.

Three-fourths of survey respondents – including 66 percent of Republicans and 85 percent of Democrats – back a constitutional amendment outlawing Citizens United….

Less than half of those surveyed consider an anti-Citizens United amendment to be an attack on free speech…

David Keating, president of the Institute for Free Speech, a conservative nonprofit, questioned the survey’s findings.

“If Americans knew that repealing Citizens United would allow Congress to censor critics and make it more difficult to defeat corrupt incumbents then they’d be less likely to support it going away,” Keating said. “It’s typical for academics to tout biased polls with questions that try to undermine support for free speech.”…

One campaign finance reform that most survey respondents dismissed? Funding presidential campaigns with public money using a federal system that’s largely fallen out of favor since the Citizens United decision.

IFS Staff

IFS Staff