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Reform Party Statement on McCutcheon v. FEC

April 2nd, 2014 is a sad day for the American people. Several hours ago the US Supreme Court overturned rules on political contribution limits, and opened the door for special interest to buy the political system. It stands as the worst Supreme Court decision on speech since Citizens United.

According to the court majority, the basis of the decision rests on the precedent created by the Citizens United ruling. That ruling sets the precedent that money is speech. Money is not speech. First Amendment protections refer to words, both written and spoken, not the number of zeros in a bank account.

Citizens United and the new McCutcheon v. FEC rulings set poor precedents that will be used in the future to further erode political contribution laws. These laws, which curtail the influence of the special interests, are the only protections The People have to keep special interests from purchasing the Federal government.

The Reform Party calls on the Supreme Court to work in the best interest of the American People, and stop taking away The People’s protections. Furthermore the Reform Party calls on The People to act by standing up against these decisions, and petitioning our elected representatives to pass new safeguards.

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