Rep. Duffy Gets Real on Citizens United
Most Americans, especially Gen X’ers, know Sean Duffy as the lumberjack from “The Real World: Boston.” But now that he’s in Congress, his opinion actually matters, and he’s still keeping it real, coming out against Citizens United.
In a meeting with the Wausau Daily Herald (Wisc.) Editorial Board on Monday, Duffy talks about secret money, Super PACs, and possible solutions:
Q: As a result of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, (corporations) can pour essentially unlimited amounts of money into election coffers. What can Congress do to address that?
Duffy: I would prefer to take all that money out — from corporations, from unions, from these super PACs. Get rid of it all. Take it away. It goes on both sides and I don’t think it’s healthy campaigning. What did we see in the recalls? Crazy ads coming from different organizations you’ve never heard of. And unless you have a constitutional amendment — which, those are pretty tough to do, I don’t know that that’s going to happen — you have a free speech issue.
Q: Is a constitutional amendment in principle an idea you’d be open to?
Duffy: Absolutely. But it has to be fair to everybody.
Read “Rep. Sean Duffy on Congress, the economy and money in politics” (Wausau Daily Herald, 1/10/12) »
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