Constitutional Amendments to overturn Citizens United v. FEC have been introduced


Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern last Tuesday introduced two
Constitutional amendments in Congress that would overturn the
Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision. From Rep. McGovern's press release announcing the proposed amendments:

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-MA, on Tuesday introduced two
Constitutional amendments to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in
the Citizens United case, which unleashed a flood of corporate and special interest money into the American political system.

The first amendment, HJ Res 20 [Text of Legislation] advances the fundamental principle
of political equality for all by empowering Congress and the States to
regulate political spending.  It will allow Congress to pass campaign
finance reform legislation that will withstand Constitutional

The second amendment, HJ Res 21 [Text of Legislation], would overturn Citizens United
and put a stop to the growing trend of corporations claiming first
amendment rights.  This “People’s Rights Amendment” not only addresses
corporate rights as they pertain to campaign finance, but is broader in
scope to clarify that corporations are not people with Constitutional
rights. Importantly, the amendment clearly protects the people’s rights
of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion,
freedom of association, and all other such rights of the people.

“The American people are deeply troubled by the growing influence of
corporations in our political discourse,” Rep. McGovern said. “They
are also demanding action on campaign finance reform – because they are
repulsed by the large amount of money in our campaigns. And, quite
frankly, they want elected officials to spend more time on policy, on
debating and deliberating on issues – and less time dialing for

“We need to have a serious, thoughtful debate in this country about
this important issue,” Rep. McGovern said.  “I hope that my amendments
will begin to spur that debate.” 

Contact your senators and congressional members and demand that they cosponsor these amendments to overturn Citizens United v. FEC. The people can take back our democracy from the corporatocracy. And demand that your local corporate mainstream media report on these amendments. Spread the word through your social media contacts and build support and momentum.

UPDATE: Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) has also introduced S.J.RES.5 [Text of Legislation ] similarly proposing an amendment to the Constitution. Sen Jon Tester (D-MT) is a cosponsor.

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