Summary

1/22/2013--Introduced.Constitutional Amendment - Grants Congress and the states the power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to federal and state elections,... Read More

Status

This resolution was introduced on Jan 22, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures with respect to 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:

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``Section 1. To advance the fundamental principle of political equality for all, 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 expenditures that may be made by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates. ``Section 2. To advance the fundamental principle of political equality for all, a 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 expenditures that may be made by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates. ``Section 3. Congress shall have power to implement and enforce this article...

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Nation

134 Supporting
34 Opposing
80% 20%

State: CA

26 Supporting
5 Opposing
84% 16%

District: 1st

1 Supporting
0 Opposing
100% 0%

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Organizations Supporting

Free Speech For People supports two pairs of amendment bills; both pairs have been introduced in both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives in the 113th Congress: S.J.Res. 19, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), and H.J.Res. 20, introduced by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), are a pair we call the Political Equality Amendments. Although differently worded, these two bills have the same effect: they restore the authority of Congress and the states to limit campaign spending in all categories. The text of these bills is below. We also support a second pair, S.J.Res. 18, introduced in the Senate by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), and the identical H.J.Res. 21, also known as the People’s Rights Amendment, which make it clear that corporations do not have constitutional rights, as if they were people; H.J.Res. 21 has bi-partisan support in the House from Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), along with many other co-sponsors. http://freespeechforpeople.org/node/526

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Organizations Opposing

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Users Supporting

I support H.J.Res. 20 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures") because I have no power other than my vote and I am very fearful of loosing it if money (aka corporations) is allowed to vote. If money is allowed to vote, I am immediately disenfranchised as I have no money to vote with. Thus allowing money to vote discriminates against people like me who do not have it and denies them constitutional protections of their rights!

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IA
4
prairiewoman5
IA-4
1 year ago

I support H.J.Res. 20 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures") because... LEGALIZED BRIBERY IS DESTROYING THIS ONCE GREAT NATION. UNFORTUNATELY THIS BILL WILL DIE IN THE HOUSE, PERHAPS EVEN IN THE SENATE. BUT STILL WE NEED TO TRY.

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CA
33
neopeacenik
CA-33
1 year ago

I support H.J.Res. 20 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures") because a Constitutional amendment appears to be the most effective way for WE THE PEOPLE to reclaim our country from the corruption whereby the wealthy oligarchy has gained a virtual stranglehold over our three branches of government. The corporate moguls continue to enrich themselves with little regard for the deterioration of the middle class and those in poverty.

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NC
10
lpatrie
NC-10
1 year ago

I support H.J.Res. 20 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures because...democracy as we know it is fast becoming a thing of the past with vast sums of money drowning out the will of ordinary voters.

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CT
1
bodiboy
CT-1
1 year ago

I support H.J.Res. 20 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures") because...dark money should not be allowed in political elections

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WI
8
corporate-lemmings
WI-8
1 year ago

I support H.J.Res. 20 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures") because... corporations aren't people unless you want to call them sociopaths.

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VT
0
Greenup1
VT-0
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.J.Res. 20 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures") because... limiting these things only allows the law makers to pick winners and losers by making it unfair for a pictular group.

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KY
4
Anonymous306048
KY-4
7 months ago

I oppose H.J.Res. 20 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures") because... it does not address the equally destructive, SCOTUS-created doctrine of CORPORATE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

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CO
6
SteveJustino
CO-6
10 months ago

I oppose H.J.Res. 20 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures") because...it does not by itself change anything. I want no more corporatism....contributions by corporations. I want a limit on how much an individual can donate so that all individuals are equal in our democracy! Thanks!

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CA
2
JohnHuster
CA-2
1 year ago

I oppose H.J.Res. 20 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures") because... our constitution should not be changed frivolously.

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FL
11
MarkDist11
FL-11
2 years ago

I oppose H.J.Res. 20 ("Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures") because this should not be a constitutional amendment. If this cannot be done within the existing powers of Congress (as defined by the US Constitution as it is now), then this should not be done.

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FL
21
bitogre
FL-21
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/22/2013--Introduced.Constitutional Amendment - Grants Congress and the states the power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to federal and state elections, respectively.

H.J.Res. 19 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States givin... H.J.Res. 21 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to cl...