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Never before in the history of the United States has our system been so openly corrupted by big money. Our democracy has been overtaken by corporate interests who have bought favor with politicians, putting up huge roadblocks to any legislation that benefits We The People. But all over the country, including Washington State, people are fighting back and demanding change.
This act declares that the people of Washington State support amending the US Constitution to reduce the influence of money on elections and government policy. The amendment would overturn all U.S. Supreme Court decisions granting constitutional rights to corporations and other special interests, and would provide for regulation and disclosure of political contributions and spending, in order to ensure that no person or artificial legal entity gains undue influence over government as a result of money.
It is our duty as citizens to defend against the corruption of our democracy, and to clarify the intent of our Constitution when the U.S. Supreme Court makes errors of interpretation. We have used Constitutional amendments to correct Supreme Court decisions seven times in our history as a nation. It is urgent that we do so once more. Sixteen states have passed resolutions, issued letters or passed initiatives calling on Congress to address the undue influence of corporations and the wealthy in our political systems. Sixteen Washington cities and counties have passed resolutions urging Congress to propose an amendment to the Constitution specifically clarifying that "money is not speech" and "corporations are not persons.”It is time for Washington State to join them.
originally posted by: Devino
Amend the US Constitution to overturn a US Supreme Court decision? How many times has this been done in US history?
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation
That is why I feel it is important to understand the intention behind such an initiative and those that are supporting it. That is also why I posted it here, I trust someone will point it out any problems with I-1329.
If we are truly talking about amending the constitution then caution is right,