Watch Nancy Pelosi Assure Seth Meyers That He Won’t Be Going to Jail Over Campaign Finance Reform

“I can’t do time. I’m less ready for it than that girl in Orange Is the New Black.”

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Reena Flores
Sept. 16, 2014, 7:55 a.m.

Ap­pear­ing on Late Night with Seth Mey­ers, House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi ad­dressed her host’s anxi­ety about the pos­sib­il­ity of his im­pris­on­ment. 

His worry stemmed from Demo­crats’ in­tro­duc­tion of a con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment that would have over­turned Cit­izens United. Sen. Ted Cruz gave a speech early last week an­noun­cing his love for Sat­urday Night Live and his worry that any change to cam­paign fin­ance re­form could leave polit­ic­al sat­ir­ists sub­ject to im­pris­on­ment. 

The pair viewed a clip of Cruz on the Sen­ate floor ar­guing against the con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment, con­tend­ing that pas­sage of the bill could mean comedi­ans would be thrown in jail.

Pelosi shook her head and shrugged help­lessly.

“I don’t know if he didn’t know what he was talk­ing about or if he in­ten­tion­ally wanted to use a scare tac­tic,” Pelosi said. “But that is as far from the truth as it could be.”

Mey­ers, a former cast mem­ber of SNL, be­came com­ic­ally up­set. 

“Here’s why I’m wor­ried,” Mey­ers ex­plained. “Con­gress­wo­man, I can’t stress this enough. I can’t do time. I’m less ready for it than that girl in Or­ange Is the New Black.” 

Watch their ex­change here: 

The Demo­cracy for All amend­ment would have over­turned the Cit­izens United de­cision and would have lim­ited the amount of money cor­por­a­tions can give to polit­ic­al cam­paigns. But earli­er this month, Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­ans blocked pas­sage of the bill. 

At the time, the minor­ity lead­er be­lieved that the GOP was show­ing its “con­tempt for the voices of the Amer­ic­an people.” 

Pelosi called for broad­er sup­port in over­turn­ing Cit­izens United.

“You re­duce the role of money in polit­ics, in­crease the level of ci­vil­ity,” the former speak­er said. “And you will elect more wo­men, more young people, more minor­it­ies, more LGBT com­munity people to the Con­gress of the United States.”


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