Hoyer Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Citizens United

For Immediate Release:

June 25, 2012

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the Supreme Court decision to affirm its earlier Citizens United ruling:

“I am very disappointed that the Supreme Court chose today to affirm its earlier Citizens United decision.  The consequences of that decision have seen the voices of ordinary citizens drowned out by the unprecedented influence of political organizations wielding tens of millions of dollars from undisclosed donors with unknown agendas.  Our democracy relies on the principle of every citizen having an equal voice, and the Citizens United decision undermines that basic tenet. 

“I commend Governor Schweitzer and the Montana legislature for their hard-fought effort to protect Montanans against the Citizens United ruling’s ill effects.   Democrats will continue to advocate for disclosure and transparency in political fundraising and campaign spending.  This is an issue on which Democrats and Republicans ought to stand together – and have stood together in the past – to demand fairness, accountability, and campaign finance rules that ensure every American has an equal chance to participate in our electoral process.”  

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