S.J.RES.19 very simply would have granted Congress and the states the power to “regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents in federal and state elections.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) argued the proposal would “restrict the most important speech the First Amendment protects, core political speech.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) called Thursday’s vote a defeat for democracy, adding that Americans must continue pushing at the grassroots level to overturn a decision which “creates an open door… to pour unlimited sums of money into the political process.”
Click here for Thursday’s complete roll call vote.
For more on the influence of big money in our elections, be sure to check out this interactive graphic by the Center for Public Integrity.