STATE – MoveOn.org is trying to build support for a constitutional amendment that would “get big money out of politics permanently,” but so far few New Jersey lawmakers are backing the progressive organization’s goal.
Just two Congressmen – Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-6) and Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ-12) – are listed as supporting the proposal on a page on MoveOn.org’s website.
The campaign is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which held that the First Amendment prevented the federal government from limiting independent political spending by corporations.
This year’s presidential election is the first since the ruling, which opened the door for unlimited fundraising and spending by Super PACs. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, as of July 12, 666 Super PACs have reported raising a total of more than $244 million during the 2012 election cycle, while spending $139 million.
MoveOn.org’s online petition calling for President Obama to support the constitutional amendment is at http://pol.moveon.org/moneyinpolitics/