ADVISORY: Constitutional Amendment To Be Introduced in Congress Ensuring Rights for People, Not Corporations

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

CONTACT:      
Johannes Epke, (707) 269-0984, press [at] movetoamend.org
David Cobb, (707) 362-0333, david [at] movetoamend.org

Reps. Nolan, Pocan, Huffman, Cartwright, Grijalva, Ellison Respond to Hundreds of Local Resolutions Calling for “We the People” Amendment

WHAT: 

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be joining Move to Amend and announcing their sponsorship of the “We the People Amendment,” which clearly and unequivocally states that:
 
1. Rights recognized under the Constitution belong to human beings only, and not to government-created artificial legal entities such as corporations and limited liability companies; and  
 
2. Political campaign spending is not a form of speech protected under the First Amendment.
 
​The Move to Amend coalition was formed in 2009 in preparation for the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. Today, the coalition of over 380,000 people and hundreds of organizations has helped to pass over 600 resolutions in municipalities and local governments across the country calling on the state and federal governments to adopt this amendment. Sixteen state legislatures have passed similar resolution.

WHEN:           Wednesday, April 29 at 9:00am

WHERE:         National Press Club, Murrow Room. 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC  20045

WHO:              Move to Amend National Representatives, Congressman Rick Nolan (MN-DFL), other speakers to be announced.

 

Information about the We the People Amendment and Move to Amend can be found at www.MoveToAmend.org.

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We the People Amendment Text

Section 1.

The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

Artificial entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.

The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

Section 2.

Federal, State, and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate's own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that no person gains, as a result of their money, substantially more access or ability to influence in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.

Federal, State, and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the 1st Amendment.

www.MoveToAmend.org/amendment

 

For information comparing the various Constitutional amendments introduced in the 114th Congress, see: http://MoveToAmend.org/other-amendments