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American Promise Launches with DC Conference

New Pro-Amendment Group Hosts National Citizen Leadership Conference This fall saw the emergence of a significant new player in the movement to overturn Citizens United via a constitutional amendment. The new group is American Promise, and it held its successful inaugural/launch conference at…
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Proposal Analysis: Rep. A. Schiff (114th)

H.J. Res. 58 (114th) Introduced by Rep. A. Schiff (D-CA) Legal Personhood: n/a Money as Speech: D- Marketability: D [This proposal is identical to the one Rep. Schiff introduced in the 113th Congress, which is nearly identical to the one he introduced…
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Proposal Analysis: Rep. J. Yarmuth (114th)

H.J. Res. 53 (114th) Introduced by Rep. J. Yarmuth (D-KY) Legal Personhood: n/a Money as Speech: D Marketability: D Section 1. Financial expenditures, or in-kind equivalents, with respect to a candidate for Federal office, without regard to whether or not a communication…
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Proposal Analysis: Rep. R. Nolan/Move to Amend (114th)

H.J. Res. 48 (114th) Introduced by Rep. R. Nolan (D-MN) (Drafted by the Move To Amend Executive Committee) Legal Personhood: A Money as Speech: A- Marketability: B+ Section 1. The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights…
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Proposal Analysis: Rep. K. Schrader (114th)

H.J. Res. 46 (114th) Introduced by Rep. K. Schrader (D-OR) Legal Personhood: n/a Money as Speech: C Marketability: C Section 1. The Congress shall have power to prohibit, limit, and otherwise regulate the contribution of funds or donation of in-kind equivalents to…
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Proposal Analysis: Rep. M. Kaptur (114th)

H.J. Res. 38 (114th) Introduced by Rep. M. Kaptur (D-OH) Legal Personhood: n/a Money as Speech: C Marketability: C- Section 1. The first article of amendment does not apply to the political speech of any corporation, partnership, business trust, association, or other…
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Proposal Analysis: Rep. D. Edwards (114th)

H.J. Res. 36 (114th) Introduced by Rep. D. Edwards (D-MD) Legal Personhood: n/a Money as Speech: C Marketability: D Section 1. Nothing in this Constitution shall prohibit Congress and the States from imposing content-neutral regulations and restrictions on the expenditure of funds…
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Proposal Analysis: Rep. J. McGovern/Free Speech for People (114th)

H.J. Res 21 (113th Congress) Introduced by Rep. J. McGovern Legal Personhood: A- Money as Speech: n/a Marketability: C Section 1. We the people who ordain and establish this Constitution intend the rights protected by this Constitution to be the rights of natural…
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Proposal Analysis: Rep. J. McNerney (114th)

H.J. Res. 31 (114th) Introduced by Rep. J. McNerney (D-CA) Legal Personhood: n/a Money as Speech: B Marketability: C Section 1. The only source of funding to directly or indirectly support or oppose a campaign for election to public office shall be…
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Proposal Analysis: Rep. J. Carney (114th)

H.J. Res. 24 (114th) Introduced by Rep. J. Carney (D-DE) Legal Personhood: n/a Money as Speech: D Marketability: D Section 1. Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit Congress or any State from imposing content-neutral limitations on contributions or expenditures…
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Proposal Analysis: Sen. J. Tester (114th)

S.J. Res. 7 (114th) Introduced by Sen. J. Tester (D-MT) Legal Personhood: A- Money as Speech: n/a Marketability: C- Section 1. The rights enumerated in this Constitution and other rights retained by the people shall be the rights of natural persons. Section…
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Proposal Analysis: Sen. T. Udall (114th)

S.J. Res. 5 (114th) Introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) Legal Personhood: B Money as Speech: B Marketability: C Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States…
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Proposal Analysis: Sen. B. Sanders (114th)

S.J. Res 4 (114th Congress) Introduced by Sen. B. Sanders (I-VT) Legal Personhood: n/a Money as Speech: B Marketability: C Section I. Whereas the right to vote in public elections belongs only to natural persons as citizens of the United States, so shall the…
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The National Citizen Leadership Conference

[Part two of a two-part report on American Promise and the National Citizen Leadership Conference. Part one is here.] First Transpartisan Amendment Conference Aims for Unity The National Citizen Leadership Conference, the first cross-partisan, multi-organizational conference devoted to fostering cooperation among and between pro-amendment and…
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American Promise Hits Ground Running

[Part one of a two-part report on American Promise and the National Citizen Leadership Conference. Part two is here.] Gearing Up for Unity and Cooperation Jeff Clements is no stranger to the pro-amendment movement. Author of Corporations are not People, co-founder of Free Speech for…
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The Article V Convention

An Article V Convention may not be the end of the Republic, but is it wise to leverage support in blue states to pursue a convention now? Article V of the U.S. Constitution creates two pathways for proposing constitutional amendments, and two…
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Democracy Events Hit Nation’s Capital

Photo: Ted Majdosz In the Fight  Against Money in Politics, Democracy is in the Streets The movement to roll back the influence of big money in U.S. politics got a significant boost in April, as two allied coalitions…
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Democracy Events in April

April Mobilizations To Hit the Streets in D.C. The movement to overturn Citizen United has taken on new political energy this year, as two allied mobilizing drives organize massive protests in Washington, D.C., this April. The two mobilizations, named Democracy Awakening and Democracy…
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Rev. Coates Brings the Movement to Church

Coates's Megachurch Opens Door to Get Money Out Maryland Rev. Delman Coates Let’s face it—in most of America, the movement to amend the Constitution and overturn Citizens United is predominantly white and middle and upper middle class. But in…
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Scalia’s Passing Not Equal to Victory

Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016) Amending the Constitution is Still the Best Long-Term Strategy   The sudden and unexpected death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia cannot be interpreted to mean anything for the movement to overturn the long string…
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Surprise Attack on Maryland Resolution

A funny thing happened on the way to Maryland’s becoming the fifth state to demand an amendment convention to overturn Citizens United, et al. Our effort was derailed, to our surprise, by a coalition of liberal groups — some of whom officially…
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