Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today to mark the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which overturned a century of common-sense campaign finance laws and allowed unlimited corporate and special interest donations into our political campaigns:
"One year ago, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to uninhibited special interest spending in our elections and unlimited corporate influence over our public policy debate.
"In response to the Citizens United ruling, Democrats worked to restore transparency, fairness, and accountability to our political process. Last Congress, with bipartisan support, the House passed the DISCLOSE Act to require corporations to stand by their advertisements and to keep foreign-owned entities from participating in our elections. Though Senate Republicans blocked this critical piece of legislation in the past, the belief that "sunlight is the best of disinfectants' must be a call to action by both parties.
"In our democracy, voters determine the outcome of our elections -- not special interests. One year after the Supreme Court's decision undermined that fundamental American value, we will continue to fight on behalf of the public interest and to preserve the integrity of our political campaigns."