WASHINGTON – WHAT: Public Citizen President Robert Weissman will testify Thursday before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on the need to overturn Citizens United. Immediately prior to the hearing Committee, Chairman Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) will hold a press conference to discuss election spending in the years following the ruling.
Now 10 years since Citizens United, more corporate money than ever is flooding our elections and eroding our democracy. A Public Citizen report found that since 2010, just 25 ultrarich individuals have poured $1.4 billion into super PACs and corporations have spent at least half a billion dollars to influence our elections.
Public Citizen was on the legal team representing lawmakers in the Citizens United case and has been leading an effort for the past decade to mobilize nationwide support for a constitutional amendment to reverse the disastrous decision.
WHO: U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.)
Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen
Marge Baker, executive vice president, People For the American Way
Karen Hobert Flynn, president, Common Cause
Tiffany Muller, executive director, End Citizens United
Azor Cole, state manager, American Promise
WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C.
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 6.
Press conference – Room 2237 – 9:30 a.m. (EST)
Hearing – Room 2141 – 10 a.m. (EST)
A livestream of the hearing will be available on the committee’s website.