UPDATE: September 11, 2014
The vote to move forward on a constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court disasters like Citizens United (that allows billionaires and Big Corporations to spend unlimited funds in elections) won majority support in the United States Senate. However it did not get enough votes to pass (60 votes are needed).” — READ MORE
“A majority of the United States Senate has voted to advance a constitutional amendment to restore the ability of Congress and the states to establish campaign fundraising and spending rules with an eye toward preventing billionaires and corporations from buying elections.” — READ MORE
The proposed amendment is intended to restore the First Amendment to its pre-Citizens United interpretation — READ MORE
The Senate will vote this Monday on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon — Supreme Court decisions that allow big corporations and the wealthy elite to control our Democracy.
FOOD AND WATER WATCH PETITION
“Support and pass a constitutional amendment to place commonsense limits on corporate, special interest and big donor influence in elections and ensure citizen voices don’t get drowned out by big money.”
The Story of Citizens United v. FEC
Passing campaign reform is more vital now than ever because of the Supreme Court’s rulings in Citizens United and McCutcheon. These rulings gave the green light to corporations and billionaires to drop unlimited donations into campaigns.
This does not make our system “better”. It undermines what the U.S. is destined to be.
With free rein to use BIG money to buy more influence in our government, our opportunities to protect our essential food and water resources are greatly diminished.
Specifically, S.J. Res 19/H.J. Res 119 empowers Congress and the states to regulate money flowing into federal political campaigns.
Campaigns should be funded by individuals not corporations. Corporations were supposed to be temporary institutions created for the benefit of the whole. This is not what many have turned out to be.
Some common sense balance needs to be restored in this situation.
“. . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.” ~Supreme Court Justice Stevens, January 2010
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