A majority of senators voted Thursday for the Democracy For All Amendment "to clarify in the Constitution that Congress and the states have the authority to do what they did for a century before activist judges began intervening on behalf of wealthy donors and corporations: enact meaningful campaign finance rules and regulations." That's the good news, says today's piece in The Nation.
Today, the US Senate voted to keep big money in politics. The Democracy For All Amendment fell short of receiving the 67 votes it necessary to pass, but not all is lost.
Fran Korten of YES! Magazine explains, "the fact that the issue reached the Senate floor is a huge victory for the American people, who overwhelmingly say they want something done about corporate influence in elections."
September 11, 2014
STATEMENT BY JOHN BONIFAZ,
CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE, ON TODAY’S UNITED STATES SENATE FLOOR VOTE ON THE DEMOCRACY FOR ALL AMENDMENT
The Editorial Board of "The New York Times" addresses the proposed Democracy For All Amendment bill, which is up for vote in the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
The editorial follows the issue of spending in elections and the explains the necessity of a debate to protect free speech. The piece ends noting that, "amending the Constitution should not be taken lightly. It is a last resort to fix a grave civic problem. But the backers of this amendment recognize that the nature of American democracy is at stake."
Jeff Clements Appears On The Big Picture To Discuss Whether Congress Will Actually Repeal Citizens United?
Free Speech For People co-founder, Jeff Clements appeared tonight on "The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann" to discuss the role of money in politics, and whether Congress will act to repeal the Citizens United ruling with a constitutional amendment.
Watch the full broadcast. (Interview starts at 33:45)
Yesterday, the American Sustainable Business Council released a statement in support of the Democracy For All Amendment. Their statement is copied below, including a link to the original post.
Business Leaders Call On Senate To Approve Campaign Finance Amendment
For Immediate Release: September 8, 2014
In Washington, the Senate voted today to debate a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision and allowing Congress and the states to enhance limits on the amount of money raised and spent in elections.
From today's piece in the Huffington Post, Paul Blumenthal explains the proposed amendment is nearly universally supported by Democrats and opposed by Republicans. Or at least, by those not on the Hill.
STATEMENT BY JOHN BONIFAZ,
CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE,
ON TODAY’S UNITED STATES SENATE FLOOR DEBATE ON THE DEMOCRACY FOR ALL AMENDMENT
Sen. Tom Udall and Former Sen. Alan Simpson Make Bipartisan Case for a Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance
Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson (WY) penned an op-ed in The Hill with Senator Tom Udall endorsing the Democracy For All Amendment. Money in politics is not a partisan issue. We know that the national debate should not be dictated by a handful of wealthy few, and Senator Simpson and Senator Udall know this too.
The list of Montana Republicans on record in the report is listed on pages 7, 10, 12-13.
Click here to read the original post.