Nancy Pelosi Assures Seth Meyers He Won't Go To Jail; Supports Campaign Finance Reform
In an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers this past Monday, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assured the comedian he wouldn’t be going to jail if the Democracy For All amendment were to be ratified.
The concerns came from a speech Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave during last week’s senate debate over the amendment were he argued passage of the bill could lead to satirists and comedians to be jailed.
“I don’t know if he didn’t know what he was talking about or if he intentionally wanted to use a scare tactic,” Pelosi said. “But that is as far from the truth as it could be.”
The Democracy For All amendment would overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United vs. FEC decision, which allowed wealthy donors and corporations to flood elections with undisclosed political spending.
She then reaffirmed her support for the Democracy For All amendment, and spoke about the importance about electing a more diverse Congress.
“We all should be working to overturn Citizens United and reduce the role of money in politics,” Pelosi said. “And I guarantee you this: You reduce the role of money in politics, increase the level of civility – you will elect more women, more young people, more minorities, more LGBT community people to the Congress of the United States. It’s very important.”
73% of Americans, across all party lines, support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. In addition, Nancy Pelosi is a cosponsor of Rep. John Sarbanes’ (D-MD) bill, Government By The People Act, which would empower everyday Americans in their democracy.
Earlier this year, Pelosi and Sarbanes co-wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post in support of the Government By The People Act.
“Citizens United shook the foundation of our democracy,” they wrote. “Our Founders established a government of the many, not a government of the money. That’s what the American people deserve.”