Category: Democracy Amendments

Senator Kerry Backs Amending the Constitution

Kerry Blasts SCOTUS Campaign Finance Decision
Press release from Kerry’s office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) testified before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration at a hearing examining the Supreme Court’s recent ruling to allow unlimited corporate spending in elections.

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Public Interest Groups Applaud Rep. Donna Edwards for Filing Constitutional Amendment Bill

“Free Speech Rights Are For People, Not Corporations” WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland introduced today a constitutional amendment bill to overturn the US Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing unlimited corporate money in elections. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is a co-sponsor of the amendment
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Language of Amendment Introduced by Congresswoman Donna Edwards

Amendment language: 111TH CONGRESS 2D SESSION H. J. RES. _____ Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States permitting Congress and the States to regulate the expenditure of funds by corporations engaging in political speech. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Ms. EDWARDS of Maryland (for herself and Mr. CONYERS) introduced the following joint
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Amend the Constitution to Reclaim Our Democracy

On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations are entitled to spend unlimited funds in our elections. The First Amendment was never intended to protect corporations. This cannot stand. Support our campaign to overrule the Court via a constitutional amendment to restore the First Amendment to the people. Check out the video
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Citizens United v FEC Part 1: Jeff Clements & Amicus Brief

Public Forum recorded Sept 8, 2009, in Northampton, MA, on pending case, upholding restrictions on corporate political campagin expenditures and implications/potential implications for concept of “corporate personhood.” Part 1 features Jeffrey Clements, attorney who filed an Amicus brief representing five citizens groups arguing against expanding corporate First Amendment Rights.   Photo by spatuletail /
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Will the People’s Rights Amendment prevent people from joining together into political parties, citizens’ organizations, associations, unions or other groups to participate in elections and public debate?

No. The People’s Rights Amendment applies to corporate entities and has no application to voluntary associations and does not change constitutionally protected freedom of association. People are always free to associate with others to promote their speech or engage in political activity.

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Will the People’s Rights Amendment limit speech?

No. The People’s Rights Amendment will preserve and protect free speech for everyone. Eliminating corporate money in politics or eliminating the ability of corporations to strike down laws that executives of a corporation may think limit corporate marketing campaigns will not effect the speech rights of a single person.

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