Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Congressman Garamendi Critical of Supreme Court Ruling Granting Corporations Right to Limitless Funding of Campaigns

January 21, 2010
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, determined that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend an unlimited amount to sway elections:

"To suggest that corporations should have a limitless ability to finance elections is one of the most disturbing Supreme Court rulings in recent memory. Today the Supreme Court essentially ruled that corporations have most of the same constitutional rights as human beings. What next? Do they have the right to vote? Do they have the right to marry?

"Large corporations in America already have far too much influence over our public discourse, and there should be no doubt that bottomless corporate accounts can crowd out the free speech of individual Americans. This ruling even permits businesses controlled by foreign governments to spend as much money as they want influencing American elections.

"I have begun discussions with my Congressional colleagues to see if there is anything we can do curtail the damage to our country that will result from this ruling."