Senate Democrats Begin Their Push To Amend The Constitution To Kill Citizens United

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Senate Democrats are moving ahead with their plan to bring a resolution to the floor that amend the Constitution and kill Citizens United.

The resolution (SJ 19) states in part:

“Section 1. To advance the fundamental principle of political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of the legislative and electoral processes, Congress shall have power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to Federal elections, including through setting limits on–

“(1) the amount of contributions to candidates for nomination for election to, or for election to, Federal office;

and

“(2) the amount of funds that may be spent by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.

“Section 2. To advance the fundamental principle of political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of the legislative and electoral processes, each State shall have power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to
State elections…

The resolution’s sponsor Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) is pushing for a vote on the Senate floor before November. The odds of this resolution getting required support of both 2/3 of the House and Senate are virtually nil, but the point isn’t to successfully amend the Constitution right now.

Democrats and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders are trying to call attention to the issue. Proposing a constitutional amendment is a way to get people to discuss the issue of Citizens United, and the right-wing billionaires who are attempting to purchase control of the government.

Republicans are outraged by the amendment, and they are echoing Mitch McConnell’s cries that it represents the death of the First Amendment, but what they are really concerned about is their main pipeline of campaign funds being cut off.

Outside groups have already spent $100 million in 2014, and the majority of the spending has been done by conservatives.Republicans are terrified that the American people will someday ask where all of this money is coming from, and what the are people giving the millions expecting in return?

A more realistic option for getting rid of Citizens United remains a change on the Supreme Court. With two years left in President Obama’s term, a victory by Democrats in 2016 would mean that a Democratic president would likely shift the tilt in the court with future Supreme Court appointments.

17 Replies to “Senate Democrats Begin Their Push To Amend The Constitution To Kill Citizens United”

  1. It will be great if they can get it through. But with the House the way it is now, it’s like the fox guarding the henhouse. They’re not about to vote on something that’s been their bread and butter for years.

  2. This is long overdue. Why should trying to overthrow the affordable care act 51 times
    be acceptable and not this? I say go Bernie!

  3. this is one of the whoring acts by five conservative members of the supreme court that allows acquisition of power by those on the extreme right who are trying to destroy our democracy. The ability to corrupt our political representatives Citizen’s United brings destroys one man one vote, and allows big money to overcome the desires of you and me. Please act now to support those who are seeking to return equality to all Americans who vote. Do you know why republicans have no policies they promote, that they spend their time obstructing and destroying? The reason is they know they don’t have to actually have to say they are for something, they know they have the money to get the votes they need. They only have to hate and smear the opposition, and still have success.

  4. This vote will put the repubs in the trick box. If they vote yes they will go against their own self interest. I they vote no it exposes them for the Koch whores they are.

    The other day I went on Ted Cruz FB page since he has been saying the Dems are trying to take away the 1st Amendment. The reponses were appalling. All these people saying please Sen. Cruz save our 1st amendment. Mindless idiots following the shiny object.

  5. Like someone said, if the spending is free speech, then criminalizing prostitution is illegal. That is free speech and prostitutes are people too

  6. They’ve been promising this for so long… Dianne Feinstein said she was working on this three years ago.
    One wonders if they don’t like things better the way they are and they’re only doing it for appearances sake.
    Why have they been dragging their feet on this for so long?

  7. It’s about time someone puts a stop to these yahoos who like to abuse the Constitution. Maybe that will stop or at least slow down the purchase of America by the Koch Bros. and the rest of that rich scabs.

  8. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ extraordinary amendment to overturn Citizens United is, IMHO, the most important amendment in modern times. It has the power to bring sanity and reason back to our formerly great system of government; one by, of and for the people, not corporations and their “owners.” Of course, expecting the House republican majority to vote in favor of overturning their precious, original amendment they both worship and paid BIG BUCKS for, and to expect a total of 2/3 to vote in the affirmative, is an expectation equivalent to re-affirming Roe v Wade. Please, if by some miracle, it would be passed by Congress, let it not go the way of the ERA in the states. Wishful thinking by a hopeful American.

  9. So “Congress will have the power to regulate the raising and spending of money….” is okay with everyone? I support this effort but does it go far enough? We are allowing those who receive the benefits of big money to be in charge of how much they can receive. Isn’t that letting the fox mind the hen house? Why does this amendment not say that corporations are not people? I think this amendment needs to be strengthened!

  10. Any sane mind knows, in the true spirit of our great democracy, Citizens United is in a very true sense a political whore…it truly is criminal …We desperately need to clean House. We the people in this,Our great country , are losing our freedom, to this to this facetious criminal element… May justice for all prevail. May we the people , make this so. We need to see the right people behind bars.

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