U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to reverse a 20-year-old prohibition on corporations and unions from purchasing political advertisements in the final days of a campaign.
"This decision is a mistake, and a dagger in the heart of our attempts to seek cleaner elections," said Pascrell, who was a cosponsor of and voted for the McCain-Feingold Act. Elements of that historic law were overturned by today's Supreme Court's ruling today. "There is nothing more sacrosanct in American democracy than maintaining the integrity of our elections. It is a shame that our nation's highest court would present such a challenge to keeping special interests and corporate agendas from drowning out the voice of the people."