Thursday, August 30, 2012
In Reddit chat, president bypasses media to answer wide-ranging questions put forth by surprised internet users
"Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn't revisit it)."
The idea of overturning Citizens United through a constitutional amendment has been gaining steam in recent months. Such a move would be virtually impossible to achieve, as it would require ratification by three-quarters of the country's 50 states.
Obama acknowledged the difficulties, but argued that a push for an amendment would be valuable in itself. "Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change."
"Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too," he wrote. "We will fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody."