Press Release

AFT: Supreme Court Sides with Big Money in Politics

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Janet Bass


AFT's Weingarten: With this ruling, the voices of everyday Americans have gotten squashed again."

WASHINGTON—Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, striking down critical limits in our nation's federal election laws on the total amount wealthy individuals can give directly to political candidates, parties and committees:

"With this ruling, the voices of everyday Americans have gotten squashed again. We once had rules that allowed everyone a fair shot at the American dream and access to democracy, but now access to government is reserved for the most powerful and influential with millions and millions of dollars to buy elections.

"The avalanche of money spent on elections would be better spent creating jobs, improving our neighborhood public schools, fixing our disintegrating infrastructure and building a better future for our children."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.