A Big Deal’: Lawmakers Reintroduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/21/big-deal-lawmakers-reintroduce-constitutional-amendment-overturn-citizens-united.

      The reintroduction of the Democracy for All Amendment in the 117th Congress—led by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)—occurred on the 11th anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, a 5-4 ruling which affirmed that corporations are legal persons and that they, labor unions, and other outside groups could spend unlimited amounts of money to influence the outcome of U.S. elections.

      The amendment, which has been introduced in every Congress since the 113th, grants the states and the federal government the ability to limit how money is raised and spent in U.S. elections. It also grants the states and Congress the power to differentiate between natural and corporate persons.

      Robert Weissman, president of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, welcomed the amendment, saying it “unites the American people,” who he said “are furious about a rigged political system that responds to the whims of Big Money rather than the needs and desires of regular people.”

      “The American people know that Citizens United embodies, perpetuates, and locks in that rigged system,” Weissman added. “That’s why by overwhelming numbers they favor a constitutional amendment to overturn [it] and related decisions that create an overclass of

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      Snort McDork
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      I don’t see Joey going along with this unless you shove it down his freaking throat. And you do that by attaching it to a MUST PASS spending bill. Then he has really no way to get out of it. So I say shove it down his corporate throat. That’s about the only way anything is going to happen. And being as senile as he is, you sometimes have to force them to take their medicine weather they like it to or not.

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      Snort McDork
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      That makes it a really “BFD”

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      MackMarkstein
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      The Squad was nowhere in the names mentioned of course. Rep. Jayapal did introduce a different “but related” bill in 2019 to eliminate the absurd concept of corporate personhood. Not to harp on The Squad (which the PTB probably want us to do) but Rep. J. is said to be a mentor of them. And I wish Rep. J. a complete recovery since she had Covid with symptoms after being packed in with the Congresspeople in their shelter for hours on Jan. 6. Would have been better if they all wore masks (some didn’t and they were of the R party).

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      MizzGrizz
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      It will never pass and they know it.

      Meh.

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