ACTION ALERT: More Congressmembers Sponsor 'Money Is Not Speech' Constitutional Amendments
May 10, 2014
The Pen & PeaceTeam
If money is speech, the rich will always have a bigger vocabulary and a louder voice. "Free speech" doesn't mean the freedom to spend unlimited amounts of money to promote one's point of view. It means everyone is free to have their opinions heard. Equating money and speech destroys equal access to be heard. Money becomes a means of limiting -- not liberating -- public debate.
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Support S.J.Res.19 And H.J.Res.20
To Again Allow Regulation Of Campaign Spending
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Any student of how legal precedents are constructed will recognize that the current Supreme Court majority is determined to ultimately strike down any and ALL regulation of campaign financing, with McCutcheon just being the latest chunk chipped away. They are only doing it piecemeal over a modestly extended period of time so they will not be seen to be as radical and reactionary as they really are.
In short, without a constitutional amendment now, any campaign regulation for the future is in dire danger.
And that is why we applaud the commitment of Senate leaders to schedule a vote on S.J. Res. 19, which calls for a constitutional amendment that would overturn the misguided decisions in Citizens United, McCutcheon and Buckley.
Like H.J.Res.20 (with nearly identical language) in the House, this would clarify the primacy of "advanc[ing] the fundamental principle of political equality for all."
We, the People, call on all members of Congress to co-sponsor the respective measure in their own chamber, and to vote to send this critically needed constitutional amendment to the states for ratification, before the Supreme Court does any more damage to unbalance our elections in favor of the most wealthy.
The one click form here will send your personal message to all your government representatives selected below, with the subject "Support S.J.Res.19 And H.J.Res.20 To Again Allow Regulation Of Campaign Spending."
At the same time, you can send your personal comments only as a letter to the editor of your nearest local daily newspaper if you like.
More Congressmembers Sponsor
'Money Is Not Speech' Constitutional Amendments
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(May 8, 2014) -- This week alone we had Senator Schatz (HI) in the Senate and Representatives Garamendi (CA) and Schakowsky (IL) add their names as co-sponsors of the proposed constitutional amendments S.J.Res.19 and H.J.Res.20, the only way to now re-empower any meaningful campaign finance regulation.
This action page has a simple button you can use to find out if your members of Congress have already signed on.
Money Is Not Speech Action Page:
This is a new simplified action page with larger type for those who have requested such changes.
If your members of Congress are already co-sponsors, please use the action page above to thank them. Otherwise, we need to all tell them to get with the program.
We are seeing real movement here. Everyone who gets this email needs to submit this action page, and we can definitely make this happen.
And we have also had requests to create an option on this issue in the new People Lobby interface, which you can use to make a public record of what your members of Congress are saying in response to your citizen advocacy. And we have done that too.
People Lobby on Money Is Not Equal To Speech:
So if you want to do more, you can increase your personal impact by making a couple toll-free phone calls to let your members of Congress know how strongly we feel about this.
And after you submit the action page, if you have not requested one of our beautiful Money Is Not Equal To Speech bumper stickers, you can get one for no charge, not even shipping from this page.
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Of course, if you can make a contribution of any amount, this is what makes it possible for us to send free stickers to anyone who cannot afford to make a donation right now, not to mention making it possible for us to produce the amazing new full length feature movie, Citizens United, to further energize mobilization on these issues.
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You shouldn't have to buy access to your own government.
Once passed, the American Anti-Corruption Act will get money out of politics, so the people can get back in.
The American Anti-Corruption Act is a sweeping proposal that would reshape the rules of American politics, and restore ordinary Americans as the most important stakeholders instead of major donors. The Act enjoys support from progressives and conservatives alike.
The Act would transform how elections are financed, how lobbyists influence politics, and how political money is disclosed.
The Act was crafted by former Federal Election Commission chairman Trevor Potter in consultation with dozens of strategists, democracy reform leaders and constitutional attorneys from across the political spectrum.
If you'd like to learn more, you can read the full text of the Anti-Corruption Act -- along with a breakdown of its constitutionality by our lawyers -- at: http://anticorruptionact.org