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Citizens United Further Tilted Playing Field to 1%

Today is the second anniversary of Citizens United, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down restrictions on independent campaign spending by business corporations and their supporters.

Noting that the Citizens United ruling “further tilted the playing field in favor of the 1 percent and against the 99 percent whose voices are being drowned out by excessive corporate spending and influence,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says we must reform the system “to restore the corporation to its rightful place.”

In doing so, the greatest care must be taken to ensure that the Bill of Rights’ protections for real people, including protections for democratic organizations and movements, are not inadvertently weakened.  The AFL-CIO will work to support efforts to rein in corporate power that simultaneously protect our nation’s Bill of Rights, and to ensure those efforts are focused on the most effective means to address corporate dominance of our political system.

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