Free Speech for People moves forward in Washington State
H.J.RES.74 Cosponsors are updated on Thomas.loc.gov here.
But we have them for you first: John Conyers, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jim McGovern, Keith Ellison, Chellie Pingree, Barbara Lee, Andre Carson, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Betty Sutton, Raul Grijalva and Ed Markey.
WHEREAS the First Amendment to the United States Constitution was designed to protect the free speech rights of people, not corporations;
WHEREAS, for the past three decades, a divided United States Supreme Court has transformed the First Amendment into a powerful tool for corporations seeking to evade and invalidate democratically-enacted reforms;
WHEREAS, this corporate takeover of the First Amendment has reached its extreme conclusion in the United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United v. FEC;
From Jamie Raskin:
Senator Charles Schumer of New York is expected to introduce legislation on behalf of the Democratic leadership, coordinating with Congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. More
Congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland is expected to introduce legislation on behalf of the Democratic leadership, coordinating with Senator Charles Schumer. More
Sen Michael F. Bennet of Colorado may introduce a Constitutional amendment. More
Congressman Paul W. Hodes of New Hampshire is expected to introduce a Constitutional Amendment.
An Email from his campaign:
The last thing the people of New Hampshire need or want is more well-heeled special interests meddling in our elections and attempting to silence the will of Granite State voters.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is expected to introduce a new Constitutional Amendment in response to the "Citizens United" decision, and has already introduced this related amendment:
Title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a 500 percent excise tax on corporate contributions to political committees and on corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns.