This week a U.S. Senate committee is examining the growing call for a constitutional amendment to change U.S. campaign finance laws.
Democrats in the region are still upset that the Supreme Court overturned restrictions Congress passed to limit the amount of money in today’s political campaigns. Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly says the Court has moved the nation back.
“At the end of the day, if you really want to limit corruption, you have got to limit campaign contributions. And by that way, that’s not a novel thought. That is a thought going back to Teddy Roosevelt. It has dominated American jurisprudence and American statutory treatment of campaigns and how they're financed for the last 100 years," Connolly says.
Sixteen states have endorsed a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling which allows corporations to donate limitless amounts to campaigns. Connolly says its essential.
“But until and unless the composition of the Supreme Court changes in order to overrule that very bad decision, I don't think there’s any remedy left to us other than a constitutional amendment," he says.
The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.