September 20, 2012
From America’s earliest days, states have sent instructions to Congress on constitutional reforms.
As we head into the home stretch of the 2012 campaigns, from coast to coast voter frustration with negative campaign ads — and the big money behind them — is more than palpable.
Billionaires such as Charles and David Koch are planning to spend more than $400 million to influence election outcomes. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam say they’ll single-handedly spend at least $100 million. Never before have so few people had so great a role in determining how we will govern ourselves.
Sensing the public anger at seeing what is supposed to be our elections overtaken by fat cats, elected officials are beginning to react. A majority of legislators in eight states have called on Congress to support a constitutional amendment that would reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC and other cases that equated unlimited spending on elections with free speech. Some 300 cities and towns have passed similar resolutions.