Denver Debate and Colorado’s Amendment Initiative

I’m here in Colorado for a couple of book events this Friday- – one at Barnes and Noble on 16th Street in Denver and the other in Boulder (details here). The campaign for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United is a big issue here, and will be on the statewide ballot in November as Initiative 65.

As with most other Americans, I’m looking forward to this evening’s debate between President Obama and Governor Romney. Americans across the country have signed petitions asking the debate moderator to put Citizens United and the Constitutional amendment question to the candidates. Some of them are here in Denver:

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Here’s one way to put the question, and every candidate for every office in the land ought to be asked (after all, the Supreme Court’s bludgeoning of traditional election spending rules applies to every federal, state, and local election):

Following the Supreme Court’s elimination in Citizens United v. FEC of the people’s right to have balanced election spending rules and to restrict corporate and union spending, millions of Americans have signed resolutions demanding that Congress send the 28th Amendment to the States for ratification, hundreds of cities and towns and eight states have enacted similar resolutions, and the corruption of SuperPacs, secret money, and disenfranchisement of most Americans due to the domination of big spenders has been vividly illustrated in this election.

Do you support the 28th Amendment to restore free, fair elections and political equality of all Americans? If so, what will you do to help its passage through Congress and ratification in the States?

The answer to that question will reveal a great deal about the vision and leadership of the candidates, and their readiness to guide America to a new century as a dynamic and innovative republic of free, equal people.

About Jeff Clements

Jeff serves as President of American Promise. He has practiced law for three decades in public service and private practice, and is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. He is also the founder of Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides sustainable financing to businesses in the local agriculture economy. Previously, Jeff has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts. Jeff has helped to start and been a board member of many non-profit organizations and businesses. Today, in addition to the board of American Promise, he serves on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts. Twitter: @ClementsJeff
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