Original post | 11:31 a.m.
Updated 3:40 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Broward-Palm Beach county Democrat, is strongly criticizing Wednesday’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on campaign finance contribution limits.
He was later joined by other South Florida Democrats (scroll down for their comments).
The court voted 5-4 to strike down the $123,200 limit a single person can contribute to federal candidates, parties, and political action committees.
Deutch, who is sponsoring a proposed Constitutional amendment to undo an earlier Supreme Court campaign money decision, said the court’s latest action will further erode Americans’ faith in government.
“This terrible decision only compounds the damage of Citizens United and will further erode the American people’s faith in the ability of their elected leaders to stand up against billionaires and special interests. It is a dark day for our democracy when the Supreme Court dramatically increases the influence of the super-rich over our elections and government. We are headed down a dangerous path where the voices of average American citizens are effectively drowned out.
“I introduced the Democracy is for People Amendment because the American people have a right to pass laws that protect fairness in our elections, limit the corrupting influence of private wealth in our elections, and ensure that elected officials are accountable to voters. Free speech is not free if only the wealthy can afford it, and I have never been more committed to advancing a constitutional amendment that overturns these misguided and dangerous decisions."
From U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar:
“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a giant step backward for our nation. This ruling doubles down on policies that force elected officials to prioritize fundraising over legislating, and allows a few wealthy donors to overwhelm grassroots campaigns with money for their favored issues and candidates. It will undoubtedly further drown out the voices of ordinary Americans.
“Only a few days ago we saw potential Republican Presidential hopefuls cozying up to billionaire donors. Now, they have in place a codified system for buying elections. Make no mistake: this decision will have far-reaching and resounding consequences, and as a result, faith in our democratic system will only suffer further. This is truly a troublesome day for our country.
“There is an alternative. I proudly support legislation in Congress that will bring fairness back to elections. H.R. 20, the Government by the People Act, is bipartisan legislation introduced earlier this month with over 130 original cosponsors and the support of more than 40 national organizations. The legislation would restore the voice of everyday Americans in our political system.
“While the Supreme Court’s decision is extremely disappointing, I remain committed to advocating for fair and open elections. Congress must take action immediately to restore confidence in our nation’s campaign system.”
From U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach:
“This ruling is Citizens United on steroids, and strikes another blow at campaign finance reform. It gives an unfair advantage to the wealthiest Americans to influence elections. Freedom of Speech should not just be for billionaires.”Copyright © 2015, CT Now