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Watchdog Praises Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Support for Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Decision

March 17, 2014 | Adam Smith

Washington, D.C.—National campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund applauded Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergran Grimes for speaking out against the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United v FEC decision. On Monday, Grimes announced in an email her support for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes understands money in politics drowns out the voices of everyday Kentuckians, and we applaud her call to action, said David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund. “Mitch McConnell has tried time and time again to hand our elections over to wealthy and well-connected donors. Secretary of State Grimes understands that democracy works best when elected officials are accountable to the people, not the funders.”

Her support for such an amendment is in stark contrast to Sen. McConnell, the Senate’s leading opponent of common sense campaign finance regulations. In October, Sen. McConnell urged the Supreme Court to, essentially, throw out limits on contributions directly to federal candidates and parties.

“We hope today’s email signals that Secretary of State Grimes will make the distinctions between her and her opponent on the role of money in politics a major part of the debate this year,” Donnelly continued. “To do so isn’t just a matter of promoting good policy; it’s good politics to campaign on returning to a government that is truly of, by, and for the people.”

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