H.J. Res. 24 (114th)
Introduced by Rep. J. Carney (D-DE)
Legal Personhood: n/a
Money as Speech: D
Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit Congress or any State from imposing content-neutral limitations on contributions or expenditures which are used to refer to a candidate for election for Federal office, including contributions or expenditures which are made independently from a candidate or a candidate’s campaign during such period as Congress or the State may establish which is proximate to the date of the election in which the candidate is running.
Nothing contained in this article shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.
Rep. Carney’s proposal is campaign finance reform and it does pretty well on that narrow front. It doesn’t adequately overturn Buckley or Bank of Boston and it completely ignores corporate constitutional rights. Its utility doesn’t reach beyond electoral politics, leaving issue advocacy on a variety of other processes untouched. Empowering Congress to regulate expenditures from associations and individuals alike, as well as expenditures from independent sources, are about the only bright spots. Overall, Rep. Carney’s proposal doesn’t accomplish a whole lot.