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Monday, September 8, 2014

Senate casts a vote on something pertaining to rollback of Citizens United

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

The U.S. Senate voted 79-18 today to keep debating a proposed constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United (the corporate personhood ruling that opened the floodgates on political spending.) The vote has limited, if any, meaning.

This was mostly a ruse. Republicans oppose the amendment and will prevent its passage if it comes to a vote. But they didn't want to be seen as opposing a Koch takeover of government in the election season in which the Kochs and others plan to do just that.  Said AP of today's vote:

That vote reflected a desire by some Republicans to spend time on the proposal before defeating it — which would reduce the time Democrats have for pre-election debates on other issues that their voters like.

Sen. Mark Pryor came out firmly for debate.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United has opened the floodgates for special interest groups and billionaires to drown out the voice of everyday people. It’s having a corrosive effect on our political system. This debate is a starting point to reign in the unlimited, dark money from destroying the integrity of our democracy.

Even John Boozman joined the ayes, if that gives you any idea of what tonight's roll call means about future passage.

Backers of the amendment hope for a Senate vote Thursday and enough pressure to get 60 votes to move the measure on.

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