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Constitutional Amendment to Create Public Financing Introduced by Kucinich

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I recently recommened a comprehensive Constitutional amendment addressing the corruption of our elections.

The largest piece of it, largely inspired by an amendment drafted by Russell Simmons, had not been introduced in Congress . . .  until now.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich has just introduced HJRes100 which proposes this Constitutional Amendment:

    Section 1. All campaigns for President and Members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate shall be financed entirely with public funds. No contributions shall be permitted to any candidate for Federal office from any other source, including the candidate.
    Section 2. No expenditures shall be permitted in support of any candidate for Federal office, or in opposition to any candidate for Federal office, from any other source, including the candidate. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.
    Section 3. The Congress shall, by statute, provide limitations on the amounts and timing of the expenditures of such public funds.
    Section 4. The Congress shall, by statute, provide criminal penalties for any violation of this Article.
    Section 5. The Congress shall have the power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

This does not state that corporations are not people or bribery is not speech or the moon is not made of cheese, but it proceeds accordingly and handles the corruption of our elections as effectively as anything I've seen.  No amendment is completely comprehensive, but no completely comprehensive amendment is likely to get passed (or even read).  I also doubt very much that Congress will ever advance any such amendment, at least until there is a serious threat from two-thirds of the states to circumvent Congress with a Constitutional Convention. 

But if there is an amendment to build the list of cosponsors on, this looks like the one.  This looks to me like something that the anti-corporate-personhood movement, the clean elections movement, the peace movement, and every other cause for peace, justice, or representative government should get behind.  I don't mean get behind a politician or a party or censor your own complete demands.  I mean get every possible Congress member to cosponsor this bill, which exists because of our movement.

Blocking funding without providing public financing is a half-solution.  Limiting private election spending while leaving loopholes is no solution.  Prohibiting private spending, creating public financing, and making those laws enforceable is a huge chunk of the solution.

We can all remember "H J Res 100".  Now to ask our misrepresentatives to sign on!

 

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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online (more...)
 
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... amidst the odoriferous assaults of the Repub d... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 4:00:34 PM
Please add to this list of ideas!Contact your favo... by Me Myself on Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 12:22:06 PM
I appreciate the sentiment expressed in Congressma... by June Genis on Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 12:47:28 PM
James Carville, I believe, a while ago came with a... by BFalcon on Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 5:53:32 AM
When I pay my taxes the money goes into a pool fro... by Dennis Kaiser on Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 1:05:59 PM
A fine and splendid "pie in the sky" proposal.&nbs... by Doc McCoy on Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 1:43:35 AM