On January 21st—the 5th anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission—more than 100 Senators and Representatives reintroduced a constitutional amendment that would overturn the ruling and restore democracy to the people.

The Democracy For All Amendment restores the ability of Americans to enact local, state and federal laws to combat corruption and unequal citizenship with fair election spending rules, including restrictions on political spending by corporations.

In response to unlimited election spending by global corporations, some large unions, and a relative handful of extremely wealthy peoplemore than 600 cities and towns, and 16 states have called on Congress to send such an amendment to the States for ratification.

Large cross-partisan majorities of Americans support such an amendment, as the Citizens United decision has exposed how concentrated money in politics excludes most Americans from meaningful participation and representation, and corrupts government and policy. Ballot initiatives calling for the 28th Amendment frequently pass by margins of 75-25%, as in Montana in 2012.

Here’s the text of the Democracy For All Amendment (S.J. Res. 5 and H.J. Res. 22):

Section 1.  To advance democratic self-government and political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set 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 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.

This original post was published by Jeff Clements to the “Corporations Are Not People” blog on January 21, 2015