The Senate Judiciary Committee Just Backed an Amendment to Overturn ‘Citizens United’
It’s evident that constitutional amendments are introduced, but rarely ever approved. So what made lawmakers endorse a new proposed constitutional amendment to restore damage done to democracy and regulate financial contributions to influence elections?
Nation of Change
Sunday July 13, 2014
Constitutional amendments are often proposed, but rarely advanced to the stage of serious debate. What moves any meaningful amendment from mere paperwork to serious consideration is the popular will of the great mass of Americans. And the popular will of the great mass of Americans have been abundantly clear since the United States Supreme Court struck down barriers to corporate control of democracy with its 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.
Sixteen American states and roughly 600 communities have formally told Congress that the Constitution must be amended to make it clear that corporations are not people, money is not speech and citizens and their elected representatives have a right to organize elections that are defined by votes rather than dollars.
Once dismissed even by many reformers as an appropriate yet impossible initiative, the movement for a “Money Out/Voters In” amendment to the Constitution has grown so strong — and been proven to be so necessary — that it has now achieved what most organizers of amendment movements only imagine.
On Thursday, the US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 to endorse an amendment that would undo the damage done to democracy by a series of High Court decisions — and to restore reasonable limits on financial contributions and expenditures intended to influence elections.
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