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Obama suggests constitutional amendment in Reddit chat

President Obama's Reddit verification photo.

In a chat with the web community Reddit,a question-and-answer session so popular it briefly crashed the site, President Obama suggested a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. the FEC

"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)," he wrote. "Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change."

While Obama's campaign manager signaled earlier this year that the president was open to such a move, a direct stamp of approval from the man himself carries a lot more weight. 

Liberal-leaning activist groups have been pushing for an amendment to overturn the decision, which paved the way for super PACs that can raise and spend unlimited funds.


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