PoliticalNews.me - Feb 01,2013 - Baucus Reintroduces Constitutional Amendment to Put Elections Back in Hands of the People
Senatorís Amendment would Overturn Citizens United, Restore Montanaís Right to Limit Political Money
(Washington, D.C.) - Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus once again reintroduced his Constitutional amendment to put elections back in the hands of the people. One week ago marked the three-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission, which left foreign corporations and big business free to pour unlimited amounts of money into
American elections, and opened the door for challenges to Montana's century-old state laws regulating political contributions.
"The people of Montana have spoken out loud and clear: 'our elections aren't for sale,'" Baucus said. "We've seen firsthand just how ugly unlimited, secret, outside money can be. My amendment says: no more, elections belong to the people. I'm introducing it again this Congress and I will keep introducing it as many times as it takes."
ō Read more in Baucus' recent Op-Ed HERE.
"In the last election, an overwhelming majority of Montanans signaled that they believe people-not corporations-should decide our elections," said Montana Senator Jon Tester who is co-sponsoring Baucus' Amendment. "The Citizens United decision was a kick-in-the-teeth to our democracy and it undermines Montana values. I'll do whatever it takes to bring full transparency to our elections and to put people and their ideas back in charge."
Baucus' constitutional amendment would:
∑ Overturn Citizens United;
∑ Restore the authority to regulate corporate and union political expenditures; and
∑ Protect states' right to regulate contributions in the way that works best for them.
∑ The amendment does not modify the First Amendment, and the language specifies that it does not affect freedom of the press in any way.
Baucus first introduced his amendment in July of 2010, following the Citizens United ruling, and has reintroduced it every Congress since then.
Baucus has also supported every piece of campaign finance legislation that has come before him including the DISCLOSE Act to bring greater transparency to political contributions
To amend the Constitution, the measure must pass both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives with 2/3 of the vote, and then must be ratified by 3/4 of the states.