While it is exciting to see the flurry of momentum and energy that is finally getting some traction in a small segment of Congress, Move to Amend is very clear that it is important that we not let our goals be diluted by our legislators in Washington, even by those who mean well and want to see reform in our political system.
Passing an amendment will be a tough job, so the language must be commensurate with the effort needed to win, and the amendment must be strong and clear enough to end corporate rule - there's no room here for half solutions or ambiguity.
It is our belief that we need to operate on the assumption that once an Amendment comes out of Congress we won't get another shot. So we MUST get it right!
With many competing proposals, it can be confusing to figure out what is what in terms of what the proposals will actually do. We have prepared a summary of each of the amendments proposed, including what is missing from each one.
We also encourage you to check out our article, Why Abolish All Corporate Constitutional Rights, to explain why we feel so strongly that half-way solutions cannot be accepted.
Click here to read Move to Amend's proposed amendment (HJR-48) that will clearly establish that money is not speech, corporations are not people, and allows for no loopholes. Our amendment will put people in charge of our government, and corporations in their proper place.
Proposed Amendments (115th Congress)
- Move to Amend's Amendment Proposal introduced by Rep. Richard Nolan (MN) (We the People Amendment) (HJR-48)
- "Democracy for All" Amendment Proposal
- Tester Amendment Proposal
- Introduced on January 24, 2017 in the House of Representatives by Reps. Ted Deutch (FL) and James McGovern (MA) and on January 24, 2017 in the Senate by Sens. Tom Udall (NM), Martin Heinrich (NM), and Michael Bennet (CO)
- Read the text here: H.J. Res. 31 and S.J. Res. 8
- Organizations involved: Public Citizen, People for the American Way, Free Speech for People, Common Cause
What it does:
- Asserts that Congress and the States have authority to regulate and limit the amount for campaign contributions and expenditures. Grants authority to distinguish between natural persons and artificial entities when creating campaign finance legislation.
- Does not address corporate constitutional rights (corporate personhood)
- Introduced on February 3, 2017 in the Senate by Sen. Jon Tester (MT)
- Read the text here: S.J. Res. 20
- Organizations involved: Free Speech for People
What it does:
- Asserts that corporations are not people
- Does not address that money does not = free speech or address campaign spending.
Click here to read Move to Amend's proposed amendment that will clearly establish that money is not speech, a corporation is not a person, all corporations are subject to regulation, all campaign contributions will be disclosed and allows for no loopholes. Our amendment will put people in charge of our government, and corporations in their proper place.
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