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THREAD/ Today is the ninth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s horrendous #CitizensUnited decision. Our democracy has been in crisis ever since.
In the all-Trump media environment, it’s easy to think Trump himself is the source of all our problems. But it goes much deeper. So long as a handful of big money donors have outsized influence over who's elected and what's debated in Congress, our democracy will remain broken.
Until #CitizensUnited is overturned, the corporate oligarchy will maintain the power to block the policies favored by the majority of Americans — from raising the minimum wage to addressing catastrophic climate change, breaking up Wall Street banks to winning #MedicareForAll.
Had the presidential election turned out differently, the Supreme Court would’ve likely overturned #CitizensUnited. But it didn’t—and there’s no reason to expect relief from SCOTUS anytime soon. That reality makes our movement to win a constitutional amendment all the more vital.
In the shadow of Donald Trump’s presidency, it’s easy to lose sight — but our constitutional amendment movement has done extraordinary things since the court handed down its #CitizensUnited decision on January 21, 2010:
✔️19 states—half the total we need to win approval—have passed resolutions supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn #CitizensUnited

✔️750 cities and towns across the US have approved resolutions

✔️Millions of Americans have signed petitions calling for an amendment
In 2014, we won majority support in the Senate for an amendment overturning #CitizensUnited. In 2016, @SenSanders and @HillaryClinton each made support for a constitutional amendment a core component of their platforms.
In 2019, House Dems have made their first legislative priority (#HR1) a sweeping pro-democracy and anti-corruption package that includes support for a constitutional amendment overturning #CitizensUnited. slate.com/news-and-polit…
None of this would have happened if we and allies hadn't launched the constitutional amendment campaign. Together, we’ve moved the issue to the mainstream of political discourse, an achievement that seemed impossible to many at the time of the #CitizensUnited decision.
Without question, this is a dark time for our country and our democracy. But so long as we keep putting in the work, we will overturn #CitizensUnited and address the growing crisis of government capture by corporations and the super-rich.
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