House Democratic Task Force to tackle Citizens United issues

The Huffington Post reports that House Democrats are putting together a task force to work on legislation in reaction to Citizens United.

The rump group pulls together all the relevant committee chairmen and selected members of those panels.

Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) told HuffPost Wednesday he’s working with the group and plans to hold a committee vote in March, with the goal of getting legislation in place in time for the 2010 election cycle.

“I am determined to do the maximum that is constitutionally permissible in our power to regulate public corporations,” he said, calling the 5-4, party-line Supreme Court opinion “the most radically activist act I can think of.”

Members of Frank’s committee, including Reps. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) and Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), plan to meet with the chairman of the House Administration Committee, Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.), as well as the chairmen and members of the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees.

Other names mentioned:  Reps. Rangel, Conyers, Pascrell, and Edwards.

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