Proposed Constitutional Amendment: Saving American Democracy Amendment

  • metta

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    Dec 09, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    Saving American Democracy Amendment

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    Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court decision in a case called Citizens United vs. FEC.

    The Saving American Democracy Amendment states that:

    Corporations are not persons with constitutional rights equal to real people.
    Corporations are subject to regulation by the people.
    Corporations may not make campaign contributions.
    Congress and states have the power to regulate campaign finances.
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    http://sanders.senate.gov/petition/?uid=f1c2660f-54b9-4193-86a4-ec2c39342c6c

    Is there another way to do the same thing without a constitutional amendment in a way that the Supreme Court would be ok with? The US Constitution was designed to protect rights.
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    Dec 09, 2011 10:13 PM GMT
    It would get my vote.
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    Dec 09, 2011 10:14 PM GMT
    Interesting to note that the MAJORITY of everyone, (all political ideologies) I've discussed this with (being the SCOTUS ruling), dislike it immensely..

    That means republicans too btw. icon_wink.gif
  • lawguypany

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    Dec 09, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    I'm a staunch Republican. I'll back this. Just make sure to include labor unions as well.
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    Dec 09, 2011 11:01 PM GMT
    lawguypany saidI'm a staunch Republican. I'll back this. Just make sure to include labor unions as well.


    This.
  • rnch

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    Dec 09, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidIt would get my vote.



    and my vote also
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    Dec 09, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    And there are two ways the Congress can go about it.

    The Amendment route takes a very long time and requires 3/4 of the states to ratify the amendment in their state legislatures.

    The other route (and seldom used, if ever) is for Congress to exercise it's power to remove jurisdiction over the issue from the SCOTUS.

    See also the "Exceptions Clause", Article III §2, US Constitution.

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    Dec 09, 2011 11:28 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 saidIt would get my vote.


    Of course it would, because it leaves out the fact that unions would be still be allowed to make campaign contributions.



    Dumbass. Most unions are corporations. Nonprofits are corporations.

    And my position on this is well-known: Ban all money in politics and move to a completely publicly financed model with a 6-8 week campaign season. Otherwise, everyone does their jobs instead of campaigning and blowing special interests on our dime. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 10, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said

    And what of the "other" unions that are not corporations?



    Such as? Name names. List their election spending.
  • metta

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    Dec 10, 2011 1:54 AM GMT
    AlphaTrigger said
    The other route (and seldom used, if ever) is for Congress to exercise it's power to remove jurisdiction over the issue from the SCOTUS.

    See also the "Exceptions Clause", Article III §2, US Constitution.



    Jurisdiction stripping
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jurisdiction_stripping
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    Dec 10, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidAnd my position on this is well-known: Ban all money in politics and move to a completely publicly financed model with a 6-8 week campaign season. Otherwise, everyone does their jobs instead of campaigning and blowing special interests on our dime. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Agree.

    Very unlikely as it seems as if a substantial part of our economy is built upon private campaign finance...