President Obama: Citizens United "Strikes at Our Democracy, Itself"

January 25, 2010

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama took aim at the Supreme Court's recent decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which, he said, "overturned more than a century of law." To "repair the damage that has been done," the president indicated that, as soon as the ruling was announced, he instructed his administration to work with legislators from both parties in developing a forceful response to the decision.

"This ruling opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money into our democracy" President Obama stated. "It gives the special interest lobbyists new leverage to spend millions on adverstising to persuade elected officials to vote their way, or to punish those who don't."