BALTIMORE, MD – Rep. John Sarbanes, representing Maryland’s Third Congressional District, asked his constituents to answer a survey question concerning big money in politics in a statement released on January 21.
The statement began: “Ten years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its infamous Citizens United ruling, which allowed wealthy donors, well-connected special interests and large corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money in our politics.”
Rep. Sarbanes then asked for constituents to share their views on the issue. The statement continued:
“On March 8, 2019, House Democrats passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a historic package of reforms that I assembled to fight back against the deluge of big money in politics unleashed by Citizens United.
“H.R. 1 will clean up corruption in Washington, expose secret money in our politics, crack down on lobbyists, strengthen election security, protect the right to vote and return power back to the American people with clean, citizen-owned elections. By leading with H.R. 1, House Democrats made a clear commitment to put the public’s interests ahead of special interests and to restore trust, transparency and integrity in Washington.
“Like hundreds of other bills passed by House Democrats and supported by a majority of Americans, H.R. 1 has been blocked in the Senate by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans – at the behest of their wealthy donors and special-interest allies.
“On the 10th anniversary of Citizens United, we must redouble our efforts to end Mitch McConnell’s obstruction, fight big money in politics, and return to government of, by and for the people.”