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Obama to Move on Another Big Issue ‘Despite Court Cases’ in Final Year
President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Obama is trying to put Republicans on defense in the U.S. debate over gun rights with a call to ban people on the governments no-fly list from buying firearms. The trouble is his proposal may be unconstitutional. (Drew Angerer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Obama to Move on Another Big Issue ‘Despite Court Cases’ in Final Year

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?”

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.”

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.

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Fred Lucas

Fred Lucas

Fred Lucas, the author of "Abuse of Power: Inside The Three-Year Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump," is a veteran White House correspondent who has reported for The Daily Signal, Fox News, TheBlaze, Newsmax, Stateline, Townhall, American History Quarterly, and other outlets. He can be reached at fvl2104@caa.columbia.edu.