The Political Equality Amendments: S.J.Res. 19 & H.J.Res. 20

Free Speech For People supports two pairs of amendment bills; both pairs have been introduced in both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives in the 113th Congress:

S.J.Res. 19, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), and H.J.Res. 20, introduced by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), are a pair we call the Political Equality Amendments.  Although differently worded, these two bills have the same effect: they restore the authority of Congress and the states to limit campaign spending in all categories. The text of these bills is below. 

We also support a second pair, S.J.Res. 18, introduced in the Senate by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), and the identical H.J.Res. 21, also known as the People’s Rights Amendment, which make it clear that corporations do not have constitutional rights, as if they were people; H.J.Res. 21 has bi-partisan support in the House from Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), along with many other co-sponsors.

An online action page in support of both Senate bills is here.  

 

113th CONGRESS
1st Session

S.J.RES. 19

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

June 18, 2013

Mr. UDALL of New Mexico introduced the following bill, which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

 

A BILL

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

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 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:

Article --

Section 1. To advance the fundamental principle of political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of the legislative and electoral processes, 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 funds that may be spent by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.

Section 2. To advance the fundamental principle of political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of the legislative and electoral processes, each 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 funds that may be spent by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.

Section 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress the power to abridge the freedom of the press.

Section 4. Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

113th CONGRESS
1st Session

H.J.RES. 20

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures with respect to elections.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 22, 2013

Mr. MCGOVERN (for himself, Ms. PINGREE of Maine, Mr. CAPUANO, Mr. COHEN, Mr. CICILLINE, Mr. HOLT, Mr. MICHAUD, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. LANGEVIN, and Ms. SHEA-PORTER) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

 

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures with respect to 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:

Article --

Section 1. To advance the fundamental principle of political equality for all, 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. To advance the fundamental principle of political equality for all, 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.