Dems: Rules & Administration – week of Feb. 15, 2016

February 22, 2016

SJR 1 – Call for Constitutional Convention to limit or prohibit corporate spending in politics



SJR 1 calls for a Constitutional Convention to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to limit or prohibit corporate spending for political speech. The 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission accorded corporations, limited liability companies and other corporate entities greater rights of political activity, including for electioneering communications or for speech that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a candidate for public office, effectively eroding the distinction between the political free speech of individuals and political activity by corporate entities. Article V of the U.S. Constitution lays out the process for proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution for submission to the states for ratification. If the constitutional convention is for a purpose other than for what is expressly called for in this resolution, the request for the constitutional convention is null and void.

 [2/17: 7-3 (Courtney, Dearden, Dvorsky, Gronstal, Jochum, Ragan, Sodders “yes”; Dix, Guth, Whitver “no”; Chapman excused]

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