Citizens United Fact Sheet
January 10, 2012
On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court unleashed a flood of corporate money into our political system by ruling that, contrary to longstanding precedent, corporations have a first amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money to promote or defeat candidates. The decision in this historic case – Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission – overturned a century of campaign finance law and stands to deal a devastating blow to our democracy unless we act.
This fact sheet, put together by our friends at Public Citizen, outlines the ramifications of the ruling and the path to fixing the problem through a constitutional amendment that would reverse these harmful effects.