Wisconsin state Senator Dale Schultz, a Republican, has said: “We’re talking about billionaires turning this country into a Russian-style oligarchy, where there are two dozen billionaires who buy the whole political process… we are awash in money because of Citizens United, and it puts good people in both parties in a difficult situation.”
A similar ballot measure—which would have overturned Citizens United “to allow the full regulation or limitation of campaign contributions and spending, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of wealth, may express their views to one another, and to make clear that the rights protected by the United States Constitution are the rights of natural persons only”—was booted from the California ballot by that state’s Supreme Court in August.
In Massachusetts, where the state legislature has already passed a vaguely worded resolution calling on Congress “to pass and send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to restore the First Amendment and fair elections to the people,” voters in 18 districts will have the chance to vote on November 4 for a ballot question that reads:
And equivalent measures are on the ballot in three Ohio towns: Mentor, Chagrin Falls, and Lakewood.
An amendment to the U.S. Constitution may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures. A successfully proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution as soon as it is ratified by three-fourths of the states (38 of 50).
A push to advance the ‘Democracy for All’ amendment failed in the U.S. Senate in September.
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