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Tue Jun 17, 2014, 01:03 AM

SJR 19: The Most Important Phone Call You'll Make

By Carol Morgan

The media might not tell us what to think, but it does influence what we think about. Right now, there is a lot of hyperbolic and dramatic debate about the situation in Iraq, gun violence, and student debt, but how much of that can the average American control?

If anything, the past three years should remind us to take action on issues we can control and prioritize the actions which make the greatest difference. In other words, pick your battles wisely and throw your full effort into them.

Our very future rests on getting money out of politics.

Citizens United and McCutcheon were a painful victory for plutocrats and corporations. For two years, Move to Amend, Public Citizen, and Popular Resistance have been working diligently behind the scenes, and under the media radar, to correct this problem. Itís been a very long and tortuous road to possible fruition.

In case you missed it (and it would have been easily missed, since thereís been barely a mention in the media) there was an historic hearing in the Senate two weeks ago. The Udall Amendment, Senate Joint Resolution 19, had its first hearing on June 3. Now itís time to mark-up the amendment and work out the language.

On June 18, the 28th Amendment is scheduled for debate and precise wording in the subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. This would overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon giving the American people the power to regulate and limit campaign spending by the ultra-wealthy and mega-corporations.

In other words, it would prevent plutocratic forces like the Koch Brothers, Chevron and Comcast from buying our elections.

On July 10, itís scheduled for a vote in the full Judiciary Committee.

And later in July (or, after the August congressional recess, in September), a vote on the floor of the Senate is expected.

This would be a dream come true and a way for us to take back our elections.

After past hearings, extremists like U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell parroted their favorite far-right canard that the 28th Amendment would be an attack on free speech. Their response is almost laughable. The only purpose it serves is to prevent billionaires and big business from taking over our elections.

What can you do?

Call the nine members of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights:

Sen. Durbin, Richard [D-IL] Chair
(202) 224-2152

Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
(202) 224-2823

Sen. Coons, Christopher [D-DE]
(202) 224-5042

Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
(202) 224-5922

Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
202-224-2934

Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN]
(202) 224-5641

Sen. Lindsay Graham [R-SC]
(202) 224-5972

Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
(202) 224-5251

Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
(202) 224-6361

The amendment is gaining traction. More than 40 senators have already co-sponsored it, but too many remain undecided. Itís time for you to call your Senator AND to call these subcommittee members, demanding they act on SJR 19 and to make SURE that the language in this amendment makes it clear that only human beings have constitutional rights, not artificial entities created by government.

This could be our last chance to wipe out the tiny of camarilla of individuals who choose our candidates and write our legislation. Without this legislation, we will be permanently and effectively drowned out by dollar signs.

This opportunity may never come again.

The plutocrats and the opposition are busy at work, inundating the subcommittee members with calls and emails. Please call TODAY. Inform the subcommittee members as to why we need an amendment and why we want to make sure language is added to address corporate personhood.

Whatís more important than having an equal voice in our government and our elections?

http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/carol-morgan/2014-06-16/sjr-19-most-important-phone-call-youll-make#.U5_KJyhCz2Q .

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Reply SJR 19: The Most Important Phone Call You'll Make (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jun 2014 OP
edgineered Jun 2014 #1
sabrina 1 Jun 2014 #2
TexasTowelie Jun 2014 #3
Piedras Jun 2014 #4
TexasTowelie Jun 2014 #6
freshwest Jun 2014 #5
TexasTowelie Jun 2014 #7
malokvale77 Jun 2014 #8
TexasTowelie Jun 2014 #9
malokvale77 Jun 2014 #10
TexasTowelie Jun 2014 #11
malokvale77 Jun 2014 #12
emsimon33 Jun 2014 #13

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 01:20 AM

1. A link was posted a few days ago to Legislative Explorer.

Sorry I can't remember who to credit for the link. Looking up SJRES-19 was a piece of cake!

Thanks for the list of nine. Another post described how this debacle created a money machine for the media, allowing them to constantly enrage, or work up the base, essentially, on any issue. This madness must stop. The Udall Amendment is very important.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 01:21 AM

2. Wow, that IS exciting, I had no idea this was going on, in the sense that it might be even

possible to overturn Citizens United. So important a topic, should have multiple threads here but we're busy, discussing religion and guns, as usual.

I could not agree MORE with this statement:

Our very future rests on getting money out of politics.

Yes, it does, absolutely.

A suggestion, if you have a number to post in the OP, that would help people who want to call.

Haven't read the entire article yet so maybe the number is there.

Anyhow, thank you so much for posting this important OP.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 01:26 AM

3. You're welcome.

Since Ms. Morgan would want this to have maximum publicity, I have posted the entire blog including the phone numbers for the nine senators on the committee.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 01:43 AM

4. Text of SJR 19

Here is the text of SJR19 and a link to Congress.gov

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.



[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[S.J. Res. 19 Introduced in Senate (IS)]

113th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. J. RES. 19

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States
relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect
elections.


_______________________________________________________________________


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 18, 2013

Mr. Udall of New Mexico (for himself, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Harkin, Mr.
Schumer, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Tester, Mrs. Boxer, Mr.
Coons, Mr. King, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Franken, Ms. Klobuchar, and
Mr. Udall of Colorado) introduced the following joint resolution; which
was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

_______________________________________________________________________

JOINT RESOLUTION



Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States
relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect
elections.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House
concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an
amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be
valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when
ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:

``Article--

``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, including through setting limits on--
``(1) the amount of contributions to candidates for
nomination for election to, or for election to, State office;
and
``(2) the amount of funds that may be spent by, in support
of, or in opposition to such candidates.
``Section 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant
Congress the power to abridge the freedom of the press.
``Section 4. Congress and the States shall have power to implement
and enforce this article by appropriate legislation.''.
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Response to Piedras (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 01:49 AM

6. Thank you for posting this resolution.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 01:48 AM

5. Thanks for this. Just talking to someone today who is active on this and flying to D.C.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 01:52 AM

7. You're welcome of course--we need to get the news out on this resolution.

I'm glad that you know someone who is trying to make a difference at the Capitol. My financial circumstances limit what I can do, but I can make a difference and a contribution through social media so I'm glad to do my part.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 02:41 AM

8. Really TT?

Ted Cruz and John Cornyn! Fat lot of good that would do. They love corporate personhood.

I think I'll spend that money at the grocery store. I'm out of beans and bread.

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Response to malokvale77 (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 02:57 AM

9. Yes, I know that those two are hopeless causes.

The only reason they are listed is because they are on the committee. Graham should also be included with Cruz and Cornyn because we know that they were sold to corporate interests long ago and they would never respond to their constituents. Hatch would be the most likely of the Republicans to respond to the phone contacts, but I'm not betting the beans and bread on him either. Hopefully, you'll find some dimes in the couch for some peanut butter though.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 03:09 AM

10. Thanks TT

You always make me laugh.

Yah, I will probably spring for peanut butter.

Do you think there is any hope for this state any time in the near future? Things look pretty gloomy.

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Response to malokvale77 (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 03:31 AM

11. I know that I'll get chastised for this, but



If the part of the state west of I-35 secedes and they lock the doors to the polling locations inside the I-10, 35, and 45 triangle then there might be a chance. The urban areas and the border counties in south Texas appear to be in the Democratic column.

I'd love to be wrong on this prediction, but if we thought things were bad in Texas the thought of having Dan Patrick as the de facto leader of the state is spine-chilling.

I wish I had a better feel for what is occurring in the electorate, but the only real contact that I've had with people was when I was in Brenham and a middle-aged white woman came over to talk the neighbor, my brother and me. She probably thought all of us were Republican since we are white men between 48 and 58 years old so she went into the anti-Obama teabagger tirade. The neighbor is a reasonable Republican and my brother doesn't vote, but she was surprised by what I had to say!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 03:57 AM

12. Chastised you will be

I already was tonight. Seems some Texans are a bit squeamish about have the horrible state of the State pointed out.

The thought of Dan Patrick and Gregg Abbott at the controls is the thing of nightmares.

Stay strong TT.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 05:01 AM

13. Valuable information. I'll call tomorrow.

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