We need to get big money out of elections.
We need publicly financed election campaigns.
We need a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Corporations are not people. They should not have the same rights as people.
The right to contribute money in elections should be tied to the right to vote, not the right to speak.
I support a Constitutional Amendment such as that proposed by the organization Move to Amend. As that organization states:
“We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in _Citizens United_ and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”
Here is the amendment as proposed by Move to Amend:
Section 1. [Artificial Entities Such as Corporations Do Not Have Constitutional Rights]
The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.
Artificial entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation and entities (i.e., carbon sequestration).“) by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.
The privileges and entities (i.e., carbon sequestration).“) of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable rather than by government.“).
Section 2. [Money is Not Free Speech]
Federal, State, and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that no person gains, as a result of their money, substantially more access or ability to influence in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.
Federal, State, and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.
The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.