In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) introduced this
constitutional amendment to lay the groundwork for Congress to overturn
the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizen’s United, which found that
political donations are free speech and can’t be limited. While Nolan
concedes it may take time, he told MinnPost that he believes his proposal or something like it will eventually be passed:
have every confidence that, whether or not this resolution can be
passed during this particular Congress, I have no doubt that it will
ultimately be passed. It wouldn’t surprise me if it took five, 10
Critics of this legislation have suggested that it is too far reaching, and would actually strip additional rights
unrelated to political speech from corporations. Rep. Nolan’s office
said there “would have to be accommodating statutory changes preserving
those rights before an amendment like this takes effect.”
This legislation has the support of 22 cosponsors in the House, including 21 Democrats and a Republican.
Of Note: According to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice, spending by outside groups in 2014 Senate races more than doubled from spending levels in the pre-Citizens United 2010 Senate elections to $486 million.
Montana voters adopted an initiative in 2012 that stated corporations aren’t entitled to constitutional rights because they aren’t people.
Media:Summary by Eric Revell
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