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Politico: Schumer, Dems vilify Citizens United decision

PI ON THE SCENE … SCHUMER, DEMS VILIFY CITIZENS UNITED DECISION: Calling the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision “the worst decision since Plessy v. Ferguson” — as in, the 1896 case in which the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of state laws promoting racial segregation — Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) led a gaggle of Democratic senators today on Capitol Hill in vowing to fight the newly expended rights of corporations and special interests to fund federal politics. If Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were alive and witnessing today’s politics, Schumer predicted at the pep rally-style affair that “they’d say, ‘Go forward, right on, because our democracy is being ruined by these decisions.’ ”

David Bossie, president of Citizens United, sat quietly among about 150 people — many local government officials and campaign finance reform advocates as Schumer and others spoke. “How overly dramatic can you get?” Bossie rhetorically asked PI shortly afterward. “They know all the talking points … But they don’t understand our case was a fight for the little guys to have their voices heard. They want to give government the power of who gets speech and who doesn’t.”

Read more at Politico here.

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