Ever since the Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates to unlimited political spending (and even before), our friends at Open Secrets, The Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, The Sunlight Foundation, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and countless other organizations have been working to turn back the tide. Click through to read about some initiatives democracy watchdogs are hoping will help clean up our elections and get money out of politics.1) AMEND THE CONSTITUTION
The movement for an amendment to overturn Citizens United has quickly gone from pipe dream to mainstream, says Public Citizen’s Rachel Lewis. Since the Citizens United ruling, over 300 cities, towns and counties have passed resolutions, as have 16 state legislatures. In 2012, President Obama voiced his support.
McCutcheon v. FEC
Public Citizen is organizing people all over the country to help gather signatures for their petition and readying folks for over 120 McCutcheon v. FEC response events being held across the country when the decision in the case, often called Citizens United 2.0, is announced. The next day the Supreme Court is expected to hand down decisions is February 24, so preparations are being made for rallies in case the McCutcheon decision comes down that day. Common Cause is also focused on the McCutcheon case and has a petition you can sign.