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Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland (D. SD) and Democracy For America:
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Rick Weiland, the lone Democratic candidate for the South Dakota U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Tim Johnson is seen in Sioux Falls, S.D. On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Secretary of State Jason Gant approved the petitions of Weiland, five Republicans and one Independent to appear on the ballot. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)

For the last 10 months I have been traveling across South Dakota talking to people in their kitchens, cafes, living rooms, and businesses about taking our country back from the billionaires. It's a message I intend to take to the halls of the United States Senate.

Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in the McCutcheon case makes this more urgent than ever. They just eliminated one of the last limits on billionaires' ability to buy our elections. It's Citizens United on steroids.

This ruling is a tipping point for our democracy. If we don't stop them, billionaires will use their wealth to block our efforts to revive the American dream. Now is the time to fight back.

We have a plan to undo this ruling and restore people power to elections. I'm proud to join Democracy for America and a coalition of progressive organizations in the fight to take back our democracy by supporting the recently introduced Government By The People Act.

This bill will help reverse the impact of both the McCutcheon and Citizens United rulings, and will end the legalized bribery that undermines the democratic process.

The Government By The People Act is already sponsored by over 130 Representatives. We can force the rest of Congress to support this bill by showing massive public outrage over today's horrible court decision.

Click here to join me and DFA in telling Congress to reverse McCutcheon and Citizens United by passing the Government By The People Act.

This is not how our government is supposed to work. Billionaires are not supposed to pick election winners -- the people are. How can anyone say unlimited campaign contributions don't influence elected officials? Have you seen presidential candidates beating down your door and asking for your support? Then again, you and I don't have a billion dollars to buy a politician.

One of the main reasons DFA endorsed my campaign for Senate is my commitment to get big money out of politics. If I'm elected to the Senate, I will support the Government By The People Act. But I will go further.

On the back of my business card is the text of a constitutional amendment that would overturn both Citizens United and McCutcheon and bring sanity back to our campaigns. It is straightforward: "So that the votes of all, rather than the wealth of the few, shall direct the course of this Republic, Congress shall have the power to limit the raising and spending of money with respect to federal elections..."

The Government By The People Act is the first step. Join me and DFA in telling Congress to reverse McCutcheon and Citizens United and pass this bill now.

Thank you for standing with me and DFA to take our democracy back from billionaires.

Rick Weiland
Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, South Dakota

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Originally posted to pdc on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:21 AM PDT.

Also republished by South Dakota Kos and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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