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S.J.RES.29 -- Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections. (Introduced in Senate - IS)

112th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. J. RES. 29

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 1, 2011

Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself, Mr. BENNET, Mr. HARKIN, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. MERKLEY, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Mr. BEGICH, and Mrs. SHAHEEN) introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission by the Congress:

 

`Article--

    `Section 1. Congress shall have power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in kind equivalents with respect to Federal elections, including through setting limits on--
      `(1) the amount of contributions to candidates for nomination for election to, or for election to, Federal office; and
      `(2) the amount of expenditures that may be made by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.
    `Section 2. A State shall have power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in kind equivalents with respect to State elections, including through setting limits on--
      `(1) the amount of contributions to candidates for nomination for election to, or for election to, State office; and
      `(2) the amount of expenditures that may be made by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.
    `Section 3. Congress shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation.'.