Move to Amend Statement on Democracy For All Amendment

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Move to Amend Statement on Democracy For All Amendment

National Coalition Says Proposed 28th Amendment Does Not Go Far Enough

(Washington, D.C.) - On Monday, several members of the U.S. House and Senate joined Representative Ted Deutch (FL) and Senator Tom Udall (NM) to re-introduce the Democracy for All Amendment. The proposed 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would reverse highly controversial Supreme Court decisions like 2010’s Citizens United v. FEC which gave corporations the right to unlimited political expenditures under the First Amendment, and McCutcheon v. FEC which raised the aggregate limit on individual campaign contributions to political parties and candidates.

Move to Amend’s National Director, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, responded to the proposed 28th Amendment in a statement: “While we applaud the efforts of pro-democracy organizers and House members raising awareness about the need for a 28th Amendment, we are deeply disappointed with their failure to address corporate constitutional rights in the Democracy for All Amendment. Without a clear distinction between the inalienable rights of human beings and the revocable privileges of corporate entities, the Democracy for All Amendment is a half-measure proposal that only serves to turn back the clock prior to Citizens United while still allowing corporations, unions, and other non-profits to continue claiming constitutional rights under the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments.”

The Democracy for All Amendment was proposed in collaboration with House and Senate sponsors of previously proposed constitutional amendments and several democracy advocate organizations including Public Citizen, People for the American Way, Free Speech for People, and Common Cause.

“Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, and Independents share agreement on this issue: we need broad and systemic reforms to establish a genuine democracy of, by, and for the people,” continued Sopoci-Belknap. “Over 700 towns, cities, and counties across the United States – including 18 state legislatures – support a constitutional amendment ending corporate influence in elections. We immediately call on Congress to take action on the We The People Amendment to make clear that corporate entities are not people with inalienable rights and that money is not speech to be used advocating for rights and privileges not afforded to real human beings.”

Move to Amend is a rapidly growing national grassroots coalition of over 425,000 individuals and hundreds of organizations working to pass the We the People Amendment to make clear that Constitutional rights belong to human beings and political spending is not protected speech under the First Amendment.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, call Move to Amend’s Communications Coordinator Keyan Bliss at (916) 318-8040 or email press [at] movetoamend.org.

For information comparing the various Constitutional amendments introduced in Congress, see: http://MoveToAmend.org/other-amendments.

 

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