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Rep. Susan Davis Joins Effort to Nullify Citizens United Decision by High Court

Rep. Jim McGovern introduced two amendments to undo the Supreme Court's decision allowing unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns.

Rep. Susan Davis announced Thursday that she has joined fellow Democratic Congress members in introducing a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on campaigns.

“We need to restore accountability in our political process,” said Davis, who represents La Mesa, Spring Valley and Lemon Grove in the 53rd District.

“We are supposed to have a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The integrity of our democracy is at stake when corporations can drown out the voices of the people in our elections.”

She said the Citizens United case “opened the floodgates to unrestricted special interest campaign spending in American elections—permitting corporations to spend unlimited funds, directly or through third parties and political action committees organized for those purposes, to influence federal elections and opened the door for the emergence of super PACs.” 

According to opensecrets.org, more than $1.2 billion was spent in the 2012 election cycle by outside sources, she noted.

The proposed constitutional amendment stipulates that the U.S. Constitution does not prohibit Congress and the states from imposing regulations and restrictions on the spending for political activity by any corporation or other corporate entity.

In January, Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts introduced two constitutional amendments to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case.

As reported by Patch:

The second amendment, HJ Res 21, would overturn Citizens United and put a stop to the growing trend of corporations claiming first amendment rights.  This “People’s Rights Amendment” not only addresses corporate rights as they pertain to campaign finance, but is broader in scope to clarify that corporations are not people with Constitutional rights. Importantly, the amendment clearly protects the people’s rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association, and all other such rights of the people.

“The American people are deeply troubled by the growing influence of corporations in our political discourse,” McGovern said. “They are also demanding action on campaign finance reform – because they are repulsed by the large amount of money in our campaigns.

“And, quite frankly, they want elected officials to spend more time on policy, on debating and deliberating on issues—and less time dialing for dollars.

“We need to have a serious, thoughtful debate in this country about this important issue. I hope that my amendments will begin to spur that debate.”  

M Parker February 08, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Great news!!! She's always looking out for us, not just big business like a lot of other politicians
No Bad Government February 08, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Didn't see her introducing a bill to limit union campaign contributions!!!! Hypocrite! She is only looking out for her own party's interest. Typical politician
Things I Learned February 08, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Importantly, the amendment clearly protects the people’s rights of freedom of association unless they wish to freely associate in corporate form to exercise the people rights of freedom of speech.
craig Clevidence February 09, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Americans who want control of Congress instead of the special interests should consider supporting the Renew Democracy Amendment. The RDA would empower of the individual voter by requiring our representatives to be funded solely by the individual voter.It would rid corporations, unions, and all other groups and organization from buying our representatives without attempting to strip corporations of the legal status required to regulate them,to hold contracts, etc. Here is the RDA: "The right of the individual qualified citizen voter to participate in and directly elect all officeholders by popular vote in all pertinent local, state, and federal elections shall not be denied or abridged and the right to vote is limited to individuals. The right to contribute to political campaigns and political parties is held solely by individual citizens either through direct contributions and or a voter authorized public campaign funding system. Political campaign and political party contributions shall not exceed an amount reasonably affordable by the average American. The rights of all groups, associations and organizations to other political speech may be regulated by Congress but only as to volume and not content and only to protect the right of the individual voter’s voice to be heard. The manner and course of lobbying and petitioning of federal, state, and local government officials by all groups and organizations and those who represent them may be regulated by Congress.”
Things I Learned February 09, 2013 at 12:25 AM
"The rights of all groups, associations and organizations to other political speech may be regulated by Congress but only as to volume..." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbVKWCpNFhY
craig Clevidence February 09, 2013 at 01:03 AM
That is very analogous and a funny example of how things that are too loud can drown out all other sound. Regulating political "amps that turn to 11" is reasonable and desirable if all you can possibly afford as a single voter is acoustic.
Things I Learned February 09, 2013 at 04:19 AM
"Always remember that it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood: there will always be some who misunderstand you."
LG Joe February 10, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Laugh along... "Corporations are people my friend" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlPQkd_AA6c
Things I Learned February 10, 2013 at 02:49 AM
"The ACLU consists of two separate non-profit organizations: the ACLU, and the ACLU Foundation. Both organizations engage in litigation, advocacy of civil rights, and education. The ACLU is a 501(c)(4) corporation which also engages in political lobbying, and donations to that component of the ACLU are not tax deductible. The ACLU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, which does not engage in lobbying, and donations to it are tax deductible." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_Liberties_Union
Komfort February 10, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Susan A. Davis, Cycle Source of Funds, 2011-2012, Individual Contributions $301,474 (47%) - Small Individual Contributions $54,659 (8%) - Large Individual Contributions $246,815 (38%) PAC Contributions $343,971 (53%) Candidate self-financing $0 (0%) Other $1,917 (0%) http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00009604
Things I Learned February 10, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Stop the cycle.
Donna Murico February 11, 2013 at 05:37 AM
Some might see a difference between a corporation using money for advancing a business interest and actual human beings banding together in a union advancing their individual interests using union dues.

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