S.J. Res. 19: Proposed Constitutional Amendment (Citizens United)

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:10 pm

Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014


Time: 09:30 AM


Location: Dirksen 226





III. Matter


S.J. Res. 19, A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections (T. Udall, Feinstein, Schumer, Durbin, Whitehouse, Klobuchar, Franken, Coons, Blumenthal, Hirono)


[/break1]judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/executive-business-meeting-2014-07-10]http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meeting ... 2014-07-10The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled an Executive Business Meeting this Thursday. Since S.J. Res. 19 was on the agenda at the previous meeting (June 26) and held over at the request of Sen Grassley it will likely be voted on Thursday to be forwarded to the full Senate. A wager on a 10y-8n party-line recorded vote will likely get you less than even money.



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Post by Mikedunford » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:57 pm

Not only is this posturing, it's stupid posturing.


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Post by mimi » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:52 am

huh?It's about campaign finance reform, right? Though I don't think anything is going to happen with this Congress.



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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:01 pm

I believe it's safe to say the proposed amendment is election year politicking. The chances of S.J. Res. 19 receiving 50%+1 "aye" votes in the House, much less the 2/3 needed for a constitutional amendment, are less than slim. The prospects in the Senate are better but a 2/3 favorable vote is unlikely there as well.There will likely be some proposed legislation brought to the Senate floor (substitute unanimous requests for the minority) for the purpose of highlighting differences between Democrats and Republicans just as there is in most even numbered years regardless which party is in control. :yawn:SSDD.



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:03 pm

The difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Dems won't bring it up and vote for it 50 times.



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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:32 pm

Sen Durbin gave an impassioned speech in favor of the proposed amendment that begins at the 48:40 mark (each Senator was limited to 5 minutes). Sen Cruz then gave a speech against the proposal that was just as impassioned. Sen Hirono mentioned Minor v Happersett but forgot to mention the 2 parent citizen thingie.


[/break1]judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/executive-business-meeting-2014-07-10]http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meeting ... 2014-07-10


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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:57 pm

PoliticsUSA Senate Votes 79-18 To Advance a Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United ... The amendment read,Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable 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 and enforce 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.’


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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:23 pm

The Senate vote summary lists the yeas and nays for the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.J.Res. 19.



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:24 pm

Doesn't appear to be political posturing. Senators all understand that Citizens United threatens incumbents!



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Post by MN-Skeptic » Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:07 am

I'm not sure where to put this so I'll put it here.



The Daily Beast has an interesting article about CounterPAC, an "organization designed to fight dysfunction in politics by changing the rules of the game." The article explains:



While most people seeking to fix government focus on getting the so-called “right” people elected—those who they believe will become legislative champions—the idea of CounterPAC is to take a more direct approach. By creating and introducing new incentive structures into elections, CounterPAC motivates candidates—regardless of what views they initially hold—to adopt practices that will bring more accountability to their race. In other words, it seeks to make running cleaner, better campaigns in the candidates’ self-interest.

The 2014 midterms were a test flight for the CounterPAC model. Operating as a super PAC, CounterPAC entered several of the most competitive races in the election, calling on candidates to make agreements voluntarily rejecting support from groups who receive money from undisclosed, secret donors. The incentive? If candidates failed to take action, CounterPAC was ready to hold them accountable.







An interesting approach. More at the link above.


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Post by Addie » Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:33 pm

This is new in the House: H.J. Res. 2: "Democracy for All Amendment"

teddeutch.house.gov - Press Release
Bipartisan Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Introduced

On Thursday, the first day of the 116th Congress, Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and Congressman John Katko (R-NY) introduced a bipartisan constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics and restore democratic power to the American people.

The Democracy for All Amendment affirms the right of states and the federal government to pass laws that regulate spending in elections, reversing the concentration of political influence held by the wealthiest Americans and large corporations capable of spending millions of dollars in our elections. This legislation comes days before the ninth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in the Citizens United case.

For more information on the amendment, [urlhttps://teddeutch.house.gov/uploadedfiles/116th_democracy_for_all_amendment_background.pdf]click here[/url] for a background summary and click here for a section-by-section and answered FAQs.

“Years after the Citizens United decision, election spending has exploded into billion-dollar races that corrupt our elections by drowning out the voices of American voters," said Congressman Deutch. "Meaningful political participation cannot be reserved for individuals with extreme wealth and special interests, and we cannot continue to allow those who spend the most to dictate public policy that is out of step with our country. From climate change to gun violence, the issues that are most important to the American people are dominated by the will of the bottomless pockets that fund elections rather than the will of voters. We need to overturn Citizens United to get big money out of politics, strengthen our democracy, and restore power to the American people.”

“Let’s not mince words here – for too long, the needs of the American people have taken a backseat to the needs of corporations that dump unlimited amounts of money into political campaigns,” said Congressman McGovern. “From gun violence to healthcare costs to climate change, the issues Americans care about have been held hostage by wealthy special interests. No more. We have got to solve this, and we have to overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision to restore the power of the ballot box and get big money out of politics.”

“In Citizens United, five Supreme Court Justices overturned two centuries of jurisprudence to determine that private corporations enjoy the political free speech rights of the people," Congressman Raskin said. "As hundreds of millions of dollars in dark money are spent by CEOs in the name of their unwitting shareholders, we are seeing what Court-ordered plutocracy looks like. But the democracy is stirring. As the exciting 116th Congress convenes, it’s time we remind America of what popular government looks like—that’s why I’m proud to support this bipartisan Amendment to rebuild the wall of separation between massive private corporations and the people’s public elections.”

“I have long supported a constitutional amendment to reform our campaign finance system and firmly believe that we must take a bipartisan approach to make this happen," Congressman Katko said. "I’m proud to join Rep. Deutch and a number of my colleagues in reintroducing this legislation today, as we take the first step in the new Congress towards real reform.”

"The Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United, Buckley v. Valeo and related cases are antithetical to democracy," said Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen. "They stand for the proposition that corporations and the super rich should be able to drown out the voices and votes of everyone else; and they have, in fact, enabled the Big Money donor class to dominate our politics. As a direct result, we have a government responsive to corporate and super rich demands, but derisive of overwhelming public support to guarantee health care to all, slash drug prices, raise the minimum wage, avert catastrophic climate change and more. The Democracy for All Amendment will, finally, return us to a government of We the People. Public Citizen thanks Reps. Deutch, McGovern, Raskin and Katko for leading the way to what will be the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution."

“When special interests and big corporations have undue influence over politics, our communities and our children suffer," said Aaron Scherb, director of legislative affairs at the non-partisan government watchdog group Common Cause. "We commend Congressman Deutch, Congressman McGovern, Congressman Raskin, Senator Udall, and other members of Congress for their leadership in championing the Democracy for All Amendment. This common sense measure would bolster our constitutional values of political equality and democratic self-government when passing laws to advance the voices of all Americans in our democracy.”

"American democracy has become increasingly broken and beholden to big money, contributing to rising inequality and injustices across the board. Now is the time for bold solutions" said Marge Baker, People For the American Way Executive Vice President. "We wholeheartedly support the reintroduction of the Democracy For All amendment. Americans deserve a democracy that serves the interests of all of us, not just the privileged and powerful."

“Across the political spectrum, Americans want a constitutional amendment which will reclaim our democracy,” says John Bonifaz, the Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People. “The Democracy For All Amendment would allow for overall campaign spending limits and would end the big money dominance of our elections. We applaud the re-introduction of this amendment, and we urge Congress to pass it and send it to the states for ratification.”

"On behalf of our nearly 200,000 supporters in all 50 states, American Promise applauds the introduction of this constitutional amendment with bi-partisan support," said Jeff Clements, President of American Promise. "An amendment is a necessary foundation in securing free and fair elections for all Americans, not just wealthy donors and special interests. Eliminating the undue influence of big money in our political system is not a partisan issue, it's an American one." American Promise is a national cross-partisan organization that empowers all Americans to work together for the 28th Amendment so that people, not money, govern America, and includes a distinguished Advisory Council consisting of former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Former Governor Mike Dukakis (D-MA), Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) and many others.



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