The Democracy For All Amendment: S.J.Res. 19 & H.J.Res. 119

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. 119, 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
2nd 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

July 17, 2014

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

AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE intended to be proposed by Mr. DURBIN
 

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 democratic self-government

and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to  influence elections. 

SECTION 2. Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections. 

SECTION 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.’’

113th CONGRESS
2nd Session

H.J.RES. 119

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

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 14, 2014

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 in- tended 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 for ratification:

ARTICLE—

"SECTION 1. To advance democratic self-government States relating 

and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to  influence elections. 

SECTION 2. Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections. 

SECTION 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.’’