It is generally accepted that large amounts of money corrupt the election process. Wealthy people, unions and corporations often make campaign donations to gain access to elected officials and influence policy. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is a Supreme Court case that has had a huge effect on our political campaigns. The court ruled that corporations, unions and other entities have the same First Amendment rights of free speech as individuals. It also ruled that campaign contributions are a form of free speech. This decision removed the ban on corporations and organizations from using their treasury funds to support or oppose a candidate. Critics disagree that corporations and unions have the same free speech rights as people. They claim money is not speech and that humans, not corporations, are those who are entitled to constitutional rights. Critics say the infusion of unlimited money into our political process will enable these entities to buy our elections. Surveys have shown that 62% of Americans oppose the Citizens United ruling – and at least 16 states seem to agree with them. These states have backed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision.
S.525 – A bill proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case and related decisions, to protect the integrity of our elections, and to limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process
I oppose reforming current campaign finance reform policy and wish to defeat S.525
I support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision by declaring that; whereas the right to vote in public elections belongs only to natural persons as U.S. citizens, so shall the ability to make contributions and expenditures to influence the outcome of public elections belong only to natural persons, and wish to pass S.525