Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) joined a panel of campaign finance reform advocacy groups and legal experts on Wednesday to discuss the still-looming impacts of Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision that allowed unlimited anonymous spending in elections. Dingell hosted the panel, "Restoring Confidence in Our Democracy: A Discussion on Citizens United" in cooperation with Up To Us on the campus of the University of Michigan.
Dingell was joined by Rich Robinson, Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Melanie McElroy, Executive Director of Common Cause Michigan, and Ellen D. Katz, a Law Professor at University of Michigan's School of Law.
"We had a thorough and thoughtful conversation that engaged the public and helped highlight the many dangers of the precedent set by the Supreme Court in this dreadfully wrong decision," said Dingell. "This discussion was helpful in making sure that folks fully understand the scope of this decision, the harm it's already done to our once free and fair elections, and the wildly dangerous implications it can have for our future. I thank my friends from throughout the community for joining me for this important event."
The panel also discussed Dingell's recently introduced legislation, H.R. 1338, the Restoring Confidence in Our Democracy Act, which aims to overturn the decision and limit contributions to Super PACs.
"I've worked to craft legislation that can serve as a balanced approach to ending the madness of unlimited anonymous Super PAC contributions, and will rein in much of the rascality and wrongdoing we'd never before seen until this supreme mistake was made," added Dingell. "The FEC estimates that $7 billion was spent on the 2012 elections. My bill would help stop this free flow of money in our democracy. I'm proud that this common-sense legislation has the support of many of my colleagues, as well as important advocacy groups like Common Cause, and I'm encouraged by the broad support it has received from everyday Americans that join me in the firm belief that our elections should absolutely never be bought or sold to the highest bidder."