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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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Amendment Roundup 6-9-14

News and notes from the movement to overturn the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, abolish corporate constitutional rights and end the doctrine of spending money as a form of speech.   The Carolina Mercury, June 8 - NC House lawmakers file resolution…
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Senate Hearing an Exercise in Partisan Futility

Amendment petitions presented to Congress This picture tells us all we need to know about why the movement to amend the Constitution to abolish corporate constitutional rights and money as speech is still in its infancy. Of the…
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Walter Jones: the only principled conservative in Congress

Of the 140+ congresspersons cosponsoring various amendments to the Constitution to overturn the 2010 Citizens United v FEC Supreme Court decision, only one is a Republican. Representative Walter Jones (R, NC) is a bit of an iconoclast, but he's nobody's liberal. In…
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Ontology 101: Money is not Speech

This is Part II of a response to the program segment shown below. With the Senate Majority Leader Reid routinely attacking the far-right billionaire Koch brothers on the floor of the Senate and Democrats bringing up an amendment for a vote to…
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Democrats Use Amendment for Party Building

This is part one of two covering a double-block segment at the top of All In with Chris Hayes on Friday, May 16. The first part of Hayes' segment is the basic report on the Democrats' plan to push a vote in…
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Professor Geoff Stone’s Wishful Thinking

On The Last Word on May 1st, substitute host Ari Melber interviewed Professor Geoffrey Stone about testimony given this week by retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens. Professor Stone wants the Court to reverse itself, but never mentions what could be the main…
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Proposal Analysis: Sen. T. Udall / Rep. T. Deutch (113th)

Rep. Deutch Sen. T. Udall S.J. Res. 19 (113th) Introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) H.J. Res. 119 (113th) Introduced by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) Legal Personhood: B Money as Speech: B Marketability: C  …
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Schumer: Senate Will Vote on Udall Amendment This Year

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D - NY) (Roll Call) - The immediate plan that the Democratic caucus has for addressing campaign finance regulations faces terribly long odds. Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, the no. 3 in the…
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Thom Hartmann: public support for amendment will follow economic collapse

On Veterans Day last year, Thom Hartmann was a guest on MSNBC's The Cycle to discuss his book, The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America--And What We Can Do to Stop It. Listen to his arguments and comment below. Via…
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McCutcheon Decision Will Increase Corruption, Threaten the Republic

Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court handed down its McCutcheon v FEC decision. While plutocrats are celebrating, many Americans, conservative and liberal, are concerned about how destructive this decision will be on top of the unpopular Citizens United decision four years ago. While…
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Corruption as Glue

Late last year, Josh Silver, CEO of United Republic and Director of Represent.us, asked MFour Research and Tulchin Research to conduct a poll [pdf]. The firms were able to get reliable feedback from "1,003 likely U.S. voters statistically balanced to represent the…
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Help rapid responses grow for the McCutcheon decision

"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things.  The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or…
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The Left Right Fraud

The real divide in most of the world is up down, not left right. Although there are certainly differences of opinion between people who self-identify as "left" or "right" wing, the truth is that we have more shared interests than we do…
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Interview with Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen Ben Cohen, activist, entrepreneur and co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream company, joined us in a Google Hangout last week to discuss his involvement with the amendment movement, his bill stamping mobile -- the Amend-O-Matic…
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Feudalism Infographic Translated

It appears as though the "Feudalism Then and Now" graphic published on this site last August has struck a nerve with a lot of people. When a couple hundred visitors went directly to that page from a Spanish-language blog (which turned out…
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Moyer’s 8 stages of successful movements critical for activists to understand

In the December 27th edition of the Popular Resistance Newsletter, the late Bill Moyer's 8 stages of successful social-political movements was presented. The folks in the movement to amend the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United decision would benefit from comprehending these stages to…
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Taking on amendment critics, part XIX: Julius Kairey

The Cornell Daily Sun, self-described as "the oldest continuously independent college daily in the U.S.," recently published a pro-corporatist editorial in its "Throwdown Thursday" series by Cornell University junior Julius Kairey, who describes the Citizens United ruling as a "triumph of free…
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Interview with The American Conservative’s Gutzman, part II

Advocate for plutocracy:Kevin Gutzman In part I of our interview with Kevin Gutzman, professor of history at Western Connecticut State U and author of  “Do We Need a Constitutional Convention?” published in The American Conservative, he made the case…
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