Rep. Adam Schiff, who serves as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, made a move on Wednesday to amend the Constitution of the United States by way of overturning a Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which eliminated restrictions on corporate campaign spending, according to The Hill.
Schiff’s amendment would allow Congress and individual states to regulate the number of campaign contributions, according to a statement from the representative’s office.
“The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United overturned decades of legal precedent and has enabled billions in dark money to pour into our elections,” Schiff said in a statement.
Additionally, Schiff’s proposed amendment would allow states to further regulate public financing of campaigns.
“Amending the Constitution is an extraordinary step, but it is the only way to safeguard our democratic process against the threat of unrestrained and anonymous spending by wealthy individuals and corporations,” he added. “This amendment will restore power to everyday citizens.”
Schiff rolled out his proposal on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Our democracy is not for sale,” he wrote.
“We must stop the flood of dark money from drowning out the voices of everyday citizens.”
Our democracy is not for sale. We must stop the flood of dark money from drowning out the voices of everyday citizens.
That's why I just introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore power to the American people. pic.twitter.com/YNYzb35uSf
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 8, 2019
Schiff, who has been at odds with President Donald Trump from the beginning, has another passion project, and that is impeachment.
The ranking Democrat spoke with The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, in which he likened the president to former President Richard Nixon in his need for impeachment.
“Obstruction of Congress was one of the bases on which the impeachment of Richard Nixon was sought,” Schiff told the reporter, reiterating what he considered to be a toxic trait of the current administration.
“Obstruction of Congress, following on the obstruction of the Mueller investigation, does strengthen the case to move forward with an impeachment proceeding.”