In a statement reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the court made "one of the most undemocratic and corrosive decisions in history with the Citizens United ruling."
Today, it [the Supreme Court] has dangerously broadened its skewed view of money in politics.
By striking down individual aggregate limits on First Amendment grounds, the Court has further tilted our political system in favor of corporations and the wealthy and against working people. Our founding fathers did not intend for our electoral process to be the façade for political auctions.
We need fundamental reform to get our democracy back on track. The average, ordinary American should have as strong a voice as the Koch brothers do in politics.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said in his dissent:
Taken together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm'n, today’s decision eviscerates our nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve....The result, as I said at the outset, is a decision that substitutes judges’ understandings of how the political process works for the understanding of Congress; that fails to recognize the difference between influence resting upon public opinion and influence bought by money alone; that overturns key precedent; that creates huge loopholes in the law; and that undermines, perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.