Clinton Vows Speedy Push to Overturn No-Limits Campaign Spending
Hillary Clinton plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to reform the campaign finance system during her first 30 days in the White House if elected, a campaign aide said ahead of her announcement Saturday.
The amendment would target the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision with the goal of diminishing the power of the wealthy and special interests, while giving average voters more control over the political process. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will discuss the amendment during a video address on Saturday to the progressive activist group Netroots Nation.
Moving ahead with an amendment at the start of her term is a shift from the plans Clinton outlined in the past, which would begin with attempting to affect change through the high court and only turning to the Constitution if the court doesn't act.
"As president, I'll appoint Supreme Court justices who recognize that Citizens United is bad for America. And if necessary, I'll fight for a constitutional amendment that overturns it," Clinton wrote in January.
The ratification of a constitutional amendment is a lengthy process that requires the support of two-thirds of both chambers of Congress and three-quarters of all states. It's likely the attempt would move in tandem with new Supreme Court appointments and legal challenges to Citizens United.
Many activists on the left have been skeptical about how Clinton would approach campaign finance issues given her campaign's reliance on deep-pocketed donors and her implicit endorsement of the Priorities USA Action super-PAC. Clinton, like President Barack Obama during his 2012 re-election, has made clear that she's unwilling to "unilaterally disarm" against Republicans on fund-raising, and has instead stressed the desire for a campaign fight on more equal footing followed by reforms once elected.