Fighting Big Money

In a series of decisions including Citizens United v. FEC,  (2010) and McCutcheon v. FEC  (2014), the U.S. Supreme Court has dramatically expanded  the ability of wealthy individuals, corporations and groups to spend as much as they like to influence elections.

We support a constitutional amendment permitting Congress and the states to set reasonable limits on political spending. Our leadership has been instrumental in the passage of ballot measures and legislative resolutions in 16 states and about 500 localities, calling on Congress to pass an amendment and send it to the states for ratification. These jurisdictions are home to more than 120 million Americans.

An amendment would simply allow Congress and the state to restore campaign finance limits in place for decades before the court unveiled its new reading of the Constitution. Free speech thrived in that era and would again with an amendment in place. Without this change, big money interests will continue to use their immense resources as a megaphone, drowning out the free speech of individuals and groups of more modest means. We believe everyone should have a right to be heard.

We cannot allow five Supreme Court Justices to have the last word on our democracy!

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Overturn Citizens United

The court has allowed major corporations and other special interests to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into our elections, effectively buying up chunks of our federal, state and local governments. It's time to choke off this corrupting flow of money. To do that, we need a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and declare that only people are people.

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Common Cause New Mexico priority legislation HJM 10 passes the New Mexico State Senate The “Fix it America” amendment, HJM 10, sponsored by Reps. Linda Trujillo & James Smith and Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino passed the Senate floor...

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February 14, 2018

HJM 10 “Pass Fix It America” is on the agenda for the Senate Rules Committee on Monday, February 12th at 9:00 am Things are moving at a fast pace with just three full days left in the legislative session, and HJM 10 will have its only...

Just THREE days left in the 2018 New Mexico Legislative session
February 11, 2018

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