ST. LOUIS, July 16 (UPI) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged Saturday she will introduce a constitutional amendment in her first month in office to overturn the Citizens United decision that permits large corporations to make virtually unlimited campaign expenditures.
Multiple media outlets given advance copies of a videotaped address from Clinton said she is set to make the pledge before the Netroots Nation convention in St. Louis on Saturday evening. While Clinton has said she opposes the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, her former primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, made his opposition to it a centerpiece of his campaign.
Sanders regularly pointed out his campaign refused the kinds of big corporate donations made legal under Citizens United, while Clinton benefitted from aligned super PACs that took in millions from various corporate interests to help bolster her campaign.
In the weeks since Clinton effectively captured the nomination, she has sought to win over Sanders supporters, some of whom have expressed skepticism she shares his liberal ideals. Notably, she put forth a plan two weeks ago that would make public universities tuition-free for students whose families make less than $125,000 per year. Sanders made free college tuition another tent pole issue in his campaign.
CNN reported a Clinton aide said the plan was a “a key plank of Clinton’s plan to challenge the stranglehold that wealthy interests have over our political system” and would allow “Americans to establish common sense rules to protect against the undue influence of billionaires and special interests and to restore the role of average voters in elections.”