- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 10, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders said Sunday that, if elected, his Supreme Court nominees would have to pass a “litmus test” for vowing to overturn the Citizens United ruling that allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections.

It upped the ante in his crusade to remove big money from the political process, which Mr. Sanders has made a top campaign issue as he challenges front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

“Clearly the billionaires, Koch brothers and others are owning the political process. They will determine who the candidates are,” Mr. Sanders said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I do not believe that billionaires should be able to buy politicians.”

Mrs. Clinton also has come out against the flood of outside money through super PACs into the election process. She announced her willingness to go as far as a constitutional amendment to counter the 2010 Citizens United ruling.

But while Mrs. Clinton also has formed her own super PAC to compete in the presidential contest, Mr. Sanders has refused to do so.

“I understand where she’s coming from. I will not have a super PAC,” said the Vermont senator.

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Mr. Sanders, who trails Mrs. Clinoton by double digits in the polls, said he will be able to compete in the money race because of the grass-roots appeal of his candidacy.

He pointed to the 200,000 supporters who signed up on his campaign website, BernieSanders.com, since he announced his bid on April 30, which helped his campaign raise more than $3 million in that time.

“I don’t think we are going to outspend Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush or anybody else, but I think we are going to raise the kind of money we will need to run a strong and winning campaign,” he said.

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