No Surprise Here: Poll Finds Large Majority of Americans Don't Want More Corporate Money in Campaigns

This morning the Washington Post reported findings from a recent WaPo/ABC poll taken in the wake of Citizens United. Unsurprisingly, the poll found that a large majority of Americans oppose SCOTUS' decision to allow corporations to contribute unlimited amounts of general treasury funds to political campaigns and electioneering. The report comes just days after Senator Schumer and Congressman Van Hollen announced that they are already working on a "legislative fix" to the High Court's ruling.

Despite Schumer and Van Hollen's appeals to both sides of the aisle for bi-partisan support for this effort, Senate and House Republicans continue to praise the Supreme Court for its decision (they say it's a victory for free speech) and remain staunchly opposed to any legislation aimed at undermining the Court's decision.

In light of this poll, McConnell and Boehner may want to rethink their opposition to such legislation. The poll's findings suggest that this just may be the one issue the American people agree with each other about. According to the poll, regardless of party, demographic, socio-economic status, gender, education level or race, 8 in 10 Americans are opposed to the decision to allow unlimited corporate money in politics, with over 60% of Americans strongly opposed. I think it's safe to conclude from these findings that the American people don't feel like this decision did anything to protect their freedom of speech (so like, what are you talking about Senator McConnell?), nor do they think political campaigns should spend a dime more. If Congressional Republicans don't change their tack on this one, their support of corporations over everyday people will likely come back to haunt them in November.

Opposing a legislative fix isn't just bad politics--it's the wrong thing to do. The High Court got it wrong in Citizens United. And while it's too soon to know if the practical effects will actually "open the floodgates" or not, the First Amendment should neither apply to nor protect corporations in the same way it does individuals. It could take another century for the Court to overturn this ruling, but we can at least try to reinstill some sense of integrity to our political process with legislation that can address this now.