Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called a report the Koch Brothers plan to spend $400 million on political campaigns this year “Exhibit A” in the case to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance ruling.
Sanders notes that the sum would eclipse what Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) raised for his entire presidential campaign — $370 million.
“When one wealthy family spends more money than was raised altogether by the last Republican presidential candidate, it tells us that we are no longer a country of the people, by the people and for the people. We are becoming a country of the rich, by the rich and for the rich,” he said.
The socialist senator introduced an amendment in December to restore the power of Congress and state lawmakers to enact campaign spending limit.
“The Koch brothers’ bid to buy elections in America speaks to the obvious need for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and subsequent rulings,” Sanders said. “In the short term, Congress must pass legislation to require disclosure of the corporations and wealthy individuals behind the ads by outside groups.”