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Senator Harry Reid Joins Fight Against Citizens United

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Campaign spending has skyrocketed in the past few election cycles, especially spending on the national campaigns. And many political analysts say that's because of the Supreme Court's decision on the Citizens United Case. That decision allowed anonymous contributors a chance to give unlimited amounts of money to campaigns. Some call that free speech. Senator Harry Reid says it's dangerous.

"I believe states should have the right to set limits and I believe Congress should have the right to set limits and that's what our constitutional amendment would do. It's sponsored by a senator from Colorado and one from New Mexico. It's something that is long overdue. The Citizens United case is a pox on everybody. They've now said that free speech is based on money. That means, according to the Supreme Court the more money have, the more free speech you get. That's wrong and it's not the America I know."

Reid has spoken out on the Senate floor against the Koch Brothers who are notorious for giving hundreds of millions of dollars to races and issues they want to sway across the country. And yet, billionaire Sheldon Adelson has been given a pass in the eyes of Senator Reid.

"I wish people would leave Adelson alone," Reid has said. "What he gives money to is's because of his ideology. The money given by the Koch Brothers is just wrong. It's for things like abolishing the EPA and Social Security."

Some say Reid's bias is because Adelson's money in the state is actually helping some of Reid's own issues here. Others call it hypocritical. It will be interesting to see if Adelson funds Senator Reid's opponent, come 2016

Written by Erin Breen

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