WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) released the following statement regarding today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling:

"Today's decision takes yet another hammer to the bedrock of our democracy and further erodes any semblance of fairness in our campaign finance system. First these conservative judges decided corporations are people, and now under the guise of freedom of speech, wealthy donors like the Koch brothers can use their millions to buy more elections.

"The Supreme Court has put the very core of our democracy at risk by doubling down on Citizens United, putting even more power in the hands of a select, wealthy few and further drowning out the voice of everyday citizens. Removing limits on the amount of money an individual can donate to candidates and political parties will only lead to a government dictated by special interests and ruled by the all-mighty dollar.

"It is because of decisions like today's that I've cosponsored a Constitutional Amendment to allow Congress to regulate campaign finance. I am also proud to have joined Senator Durbin in reintroducing the Fair Elections Now Act, which would level the playing field for smaller donors and provide financial support for Congressional candidates who agree to abide by additional fundraising rules."