President Barack Obama has been criticized often for trying to do an end run around Congress on many issues. In his final year, he might try to do an end run around the Supreme Court.
During a Twitter question-and-answer session Thursday, Obama said that he would move this year to restrict campaign contributions and spending, “despite court cases” such as Citizens United.
This offers a possible glimpse into the “audacious executive action” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough vowed that the president would take in 2016.
The question came from Beverly Lau, of San Francisco, who was identified on Twitter as a software engineer. She asked, “What will you be doing toward campaign finance reform in your last year as president?”
What will you be doing toward campaign finance reform in your last year as president? #AskPOTUS
— Beverly Lau Ⓥ (@balau) January 14, 2016
The president responded in all lower case letters: “despite court cases like citizens united ill work with orgs/states across US to find new ways 2 reduce $ in politics.”
despite court cases like citizens united ill work with orgs/states across US to find new ways 2 reduce $ in politics https://t.co/fuTdewJcyh
— President Obama (@POTUS) January 14, 2016
Encouraging states to pass laws that he couldn’t get passed at the federal level has been a key strategy on matters such as minimum wage hikes and gun control.
During Obama’s time in office, the Supreme Court has twice ruled that campaign finance restrictions were a violation of free speech, first in the 2010 Citizens United case and then in the 2014 McCutcheon case.