A group of Platteville residents is circulating a petition for an advisory referendum on a proposed federal constitutional amendment.
The Move to Amend group favors overturning by constitutional amendment U.S. Supreme Court decisions that group members say have resulted in an explosion in spending on political campaigns.
Charlie Clark, one of the group’s organizers, said the constitutional amendment would say that “only people and not corporations, nonprofits, unions or other such groups have constitutional rights, and money is not speech.”
The Hawaii County Council wants Congress to sponsor a constitutional amendment curbing the ability of corporations to pump unlimited money into elections.
The council voted 6-3 to approve a nonbinding resolution by North Kona Councilwoman Karen Eoff asking the state’s congressional delegation to push the amendment in Washington. Eoff also wants the Hawaii State Association of Counties to include the measure in its priority package for the state Legislature.
David Cobb, a Texas lawyer and activist who ran on the Green Party line for president in 2004, says the only way to get the unprecedented about of money out of politics is a constitutional amendment that spells out out that money is not speech and corporations aren’t people.
Cobb, a national spokesperson for the Move to Amend campaign, will be speaking in Spokane on Tuesday. He spoke with the Inlander about how the time is ripe for change, how Donald Trump’s rise signals positive developments for American politics, where Bernie Sanders falls short and why he’s optimistic about his seemingly quixotic goal.
David Cobb is a co-founder of Move to Amend, a leading organization on the front against the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” ruling. Cobb is coming to Bainbridge Monday, August 17, to raise support for Washington Initiative 735, which seeks to make Washington the 17th state to support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court ruling.
Stephen Justino of Move to Amend drew a dozen voters to the Mercury Café in Denver on Sunday for a Call to Action aimed at overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling. The 2010 decision established two legal principals: Corporations are entitled to free speech protections like those extended to persons, and spending on political matters equals speech, so spending constraints constitute an improper limitation on free speech.
George Washington: would he have wanted an amendment to rein in campaign finance spending? Photograph: AP
Lee Camp interviews David Cobb, a co-founder of Move To Amend and a former presidential candidate about the introduction of the We the People Amendment in Congress yesterday.
David Cobb and George Friday lay shit on the line - why corporations aren’t people, why money isn’t free speech and why we NEED to amend the constitution. And by we, they mean all of us. This fight is everyone’s fight - George explains how and David explains the myriad of ways you can get involved.
David Cobb of Move to Amend joins Thom. A clear majority of Americans favor progressive policies that would help put our economy and the working class back on track. But - as long as corporations control Washington - those policies won't see the light of day. What are lawmakers doing now to restore power to We The People? If this amendment passes - how far will it go towards fixing our broken democracy?