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 is the wrong approach. We oppose a constitutional convention because we believe there is too much legal ambiguity and thus too great a risk that it 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 open to outside and special interests.
- The convention could create its own ratification process, rewriting the U.S. Constitution’s process of ratification by three-fourths of the states.