Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:25 PM
LongTomH (5,458 posts)
Rep. Rick Nolan has introduced the "We the People" Amendment to the House.
From The Huffington Post:
Rep. Rick Nolan unveiled the proposal on Monday along with members of Move to Amend, a grassroots coalition that has been seeking support on the local level in communities for the amendment. They say political campaign spending should not be a form of speech protected under the First Amendment.
The 2010 Citizens United ruling paved the way for a flood of campaign cash from corporations, unions and wealthy interests.
Any effort to amend the U.S. Constitution faces daunting hurdles.
Supporters of the Citizens United decision say it upholds the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.
The Huffington Post article has the full text of the proposed 28th Amendment to the US Constitution.
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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:39 PM
Nye Bevan (19,691 posts)
3. Horrible amendment.
This would strip all corporations (such as DemocraticUnderground LLC) and nonprofits (such as Planned Parenthood) of all constitutional protections.
So the police could raid the offices of DU and confiscate DU's stuff for no reason, without violating the Fourth Amendment.
And imagine how hostile local authorities would love to treat Planned Parenthood once their constitutional protections were removed.
Unions, too, would lose all of their constitutional rights under this proposal.
I can only assume that this is cynical grandstanding by people who know very well that such a ridiculous amendment stands no chance whatsoever of passing.
(cross-posted from another thread on this)