U.S. PIRG's Executive Director Andre Delattre reports that on Thursday, we saw the U.S. Senate take its much-anticipated vote on Senate Joint Resolution 19, the constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, after a week of high-intensity organizing and debate.
The measure got majority support, a party-line 54-42 (in which all Democrats voted aye, except for New York's Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who was absent).
Delattre said of the vote, "While this wasn't enough to clear the two-thirds threshold required for an amendment, it's still a critical milestone in our fight, showing just how far we've come in the few short years since Citizens United galvanized our movement."
PIRG organizers worked with the media around the vote, getting op-eds, letters to the editor, and earned media coverage of the campaign, including an op-ed published Thursday in the Austin American Statesman by TexPIRG State Director Sara Smith.
And, as Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) put it, now "the fight to overturn Citizens United must continue at the grassroots level in every state in this country."