Justice John Paul Stevens has written a new book, and in it, he proposes six potential amendments to the Constitution — including one to reform the current campaign finance system. It reads:
Neither the First Amendment nor any other provision of this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit the Congress or any state from imposing reasonable limits on the amount of money that candidates for public office, or their supporters, may spend in election campaigns.
This reads similarly to the Udall/McGovern Amendment. Their Amendment H.J.Res. 20 (McGovern) and S.J. Res. 19 (Udall) would restore the authority of Congress and the states to limit campaign gifts and spending in all categories. Senator Udall’s bill has significant support in the Senate with 29 co-sponsors. You can show your support for this amendment here.
Justice John Paul Stevens
US Supreme Court Justice From December 19, 1975 – June 29, 2010