According to Politicus U.S.A., Delaware became the 15th state to reject the Supreme Court decision for Citizens United. The Delaware legislature came to a bipartisan majority that called on Congress to overturn the Supreme Courts decision.
Politicus U.S.A. reports that a bipartisan letter sent to Democrats Sens. Tom Carper, Chris Coons and Rep. John Carney read in part, “There is no more critical foundation to our government than citizens’ confidence in fair and free elections. The Citizens United decision directly undermines this confidence, and was issued in the absence of any evidence or searching inquiry to refute the fair assumption that unbridled and opaque spending in politics harms American democracy. … The United States of America’s elections should not be permitted to go to the highest bidder, and yet this is the risk that rises from the ashes of the Citizens United decision.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders tasked himself with the responsibility to have Citizens United overturned at the federal level with a petition movement supporting his Saving American Democracy Amendment . Actual change, however, is ultimately a state level issue. When a majority of states reject the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, the federal government will feel unavoidable pressure. Some states have already passed their rejection including Maine, West Virginia, Illinois, Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado, Montana, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Vermont. And now Delaware joins the ranks of these states. Hopefully Wisconsinites can take inspiration from these states and strengthen our own rejection against dark money in campaign funding.