Saturday, January 21, 2012
Marty Chavez Statement on the Anniversary of Citizens United
“Today, it is important that New Mexicans and all Americans take note of the anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that severely impacted the ability of individual citizens to have an equal say in our political process.
“In a victory for the mega-corporations who wish to buy our elections with massive anonymous campaign expenditures, the Court said that the bank accounts of Exxon and the Koch Brothers deserve the same First Amendment rights as you and I do.
“Very simply, money does not equal speech, and I am vehemently opposed to this ruling. In Congress, I will do everything in my power to overturn the decision, including being a co-sponsor of the DISCLOSE Act and the Fair Elections Now Act.
“New Mexican families need more than talk – they need results. Though ultimately unsuccessful, at my direction the City of Albuquerque fought all the way to the Supreme Court to maintain spending limits in our city elections and in 2005 filed an amicus brief in support of Vermont’s contribution limits for state races.
“As my campaign to bring equal opportunity for all continues to highlight the importance of creating jobs here in New Mexico, we must stay vigilant against the influence of corporate money in our electoral process in order to ensure that government stays in the hands of the people and not corporate special interests.”