by JOHN NICHOLS (The Nation)
The most under-covered political movement in the United States – and there are a lot of under-covered political movements in the United States – is the broad-based national campaign to enact a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court rulings that ushered in the era of big-money politics.
On the eve of the nation’s July 4th celebrations, Oregon became the 16th state to formally call for an amendment. With bipartisan support the state House and Senate requested that Congress take necessary steps to reestablish the basic American premise that “money is property and not speech, and (that) the Congress of the United States, state legislatures and local legislative bodies should have the authority to regulate political contributions and expenditures…”
Oregon is the fifth state to make the call for corporate accountability in three months, making 2013 a banner year for a movement that began with little attention and little in the way of institutional support after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling, in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, that corporations could spend as freely as they like to buy favorable election results.
North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones Jr., who maintains one of the most conservative voting records in the House has signed on as a co-sponsor of one of several proposed amendments. Why? “If we want to change Washington and return power to the citizens of this nation, we have to change the way campaigns are financed,” says the congressman. “The status quo is dominated by deep-pocketed special interests, and that’s simply unacceptable to the American people.”
Congressman Jones is right. By becoming a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the American Anti-Corruption Act, we can send a very clear message to Congress.
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