New Hampshire Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United
On June 6th, the New Hampshire Legislature passed a resolution calling upon Congress to propose an amendment to the US Constitution that would reverse Supreme Court opinions in Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United v. FEC, which struck down laws limiting big money in politics. The bills calls for a public hearing to record public input on such an amendment that will be forwarded to the state's congressional delegation.
New Hampshire becomes the 20th state to formally go on record in favor of a constitutional amendment aimed at legalizing limits on what billionaires and corporations can spend to influence the outcome of an election. The Constitution requires 38 states to ratify any amendment.
New Hampshire's move is part of an ongoing movement that involves dozens of civic organizations, which grew in earnest after the 2010 ruling in Citizen United. The organization Public Citizen has been organizing in New Hampshire around this resolution for many years.