The call for a federal constitutional convention is a dangerous threat to our democracy.
Though we are committed to a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and permit sensible limits on political spending, we believe a convention under Article V of the Constitution is the wrong way to pursue this goal. We believe there is too much legal ambiguity and thus too great a risk that a convention could be hijacked by those pushing a radical agenda that poses a very real threat to American democracy.
Wealthy special interests are trying to game the system by pushing for an Article V convention that could undermine the will of ‘We The People.’ Make no mistake, there are big donors and wealthy special interests, like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), behind the push for an Article V constitutional convention.
A Constitutional Convention cannot be limited because:
- The U.S. Constitution does not lay out any guidelines or rules for a convention.
- There is no clear judicial, legislative, or executive body that would have authority over the convention.
- Given the lack of rules and authority, the convention would likely be open to outside and special interests.
- The convention could create its own ratification process, rewriting the U.S. Constitution’s process for ratification by three-fourths of the states.
You can read our report, The Dangerous Path: Big Money’s Plan to Shred the Constitution and also review our fact sheet on the Con Con.
Join Common Cause Minnesota in our ongoing fight to protect the Constitution.