A poll released by The New York Times and CBS News today shows that more than 80% of Americans support fundamental change or a complete overhaul of the way political campaigns are funded. The survey found majorities of both Republicans and...
As part of a campaign we at Common Cause call “Amend US,” voters or our elected representatives in 16 states and hundreds of localities, with a total population of more than 120 million, have called on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment permitting sensible limits on money in politics.
And there are encouraging signs that Congress is getting the message, as more than a dozen proposed amendments have been introduced in the 113th Congress. Senate Joint Resolution 19, introduced by Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, is attracting the most attention; Senate leaders have promised a floor vote on it before the end of the year.
The Udall amendment would allow Congress and state legislatures to put limits on political contributions and spending, including spending by corporations, labor unions, associations and “independent” groups. It preserves freedom of speech and freedom of the press, allowing every citizen to express his or her political views free from any government interference.
The amendment drive began in 2011, as Americans began to see the impact of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, freeing corporations and other groups to spend unlimited amounts of money on our elections. It has gained steam steadily since then, largely thanks to the leadership of Common Cause activists who’ve spearheaded pro-amendment ballot measure campaigns across the nation and lobbied state legislatures and local governing bodies to adopt resolutions of support.
A complete list of states and localities officially endorsing an amendment is available here.