28th Amendment Introduced in Congress With More Than 100 Sponsors

January 21, 2015

On the 5th anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, more than 100 Senators and Representatives introduced a Constitutional amendment that would overturn the decision.

The Democracy For All Amendment restores the ability of Americans to enact local, state and federal laws to combat corruption and unequal citizenship with fair election spending rules, including restrictions on political spending by corporations.

In response to unlimited election spending by global corporations, some large unions, and a relative handful of extremely wealthy people, more than 600 cities and towns, and 16 states have called on Congress to send such an amendment to the States for ratification.

Large cross-partisan majorities of Americans support such an amendment, as the Citizens United decision has exposed how concentrated money in politics excludes most Americans from meaningful participation and representation, and corrupts government and policy. Ballot initiatives calling for the 28th Amendment frequently pass by margins of 75-25%, as in Montana in 2012.

Here’s the text of the Democracy For All Amendment (S.J. Res. 5 and H.J. Res. 22):

Section 1.  To advance democratic self-government and political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set 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 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.

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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