Update on Constitutional Amendment

You can compare the Resolutions for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC  that have been introduced in the 213th and 214th (current) Congress HERE.

The following states, cities, counties and organizations have passed resolutions calling on Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment to overturn both Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and the pernicious effects of big money influencing our political campaigns:

Sixteen states have urged Congress to pass an amendment. The following 14 states passed legislative resolutions: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois,  Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey,  New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and  West Virginia. Two states, Montana and Colorado, passed voter initiatives.
Washington State could be the 17th state to call for an amendment!   Go to WAmend.org to read Initiative 735. Volunteer to gather signatures. Make a contribution. Let’s add Washington State’s name to the growing demand for an amendment

600 Cities and towns have passed resolutions, including Washington D.C., Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle – more are pending,

Snohomish, Jefferson and Island Counties and 13 municipalities in Washington State have passed resolutions. You can click on Washington State HERE and see jurisdictions that have passed resolutions.

The resolutions are not all the same, but all of them indicate that there is huge public support for taking action against the influence of big money in our state and federal elections..

Congress is listening and voted.

Nearly two million people signed petitions for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United, which were delivered to the Judiciary Sub-Committee at the first hearing in July, 2012. The hearing established that half of all “independent expenditures” are coming from 22 people! Fix Democracy First! submitted a letter to be part of the record, receipt of which was announced at the proceedings. In the second hearing, held June 3, 2014, the committee voted Senate Joint Resolution 19 out of committee and set up the procedure for bringing it to the floor on September 8 2014. Fifty-four Senators voted in favor. Read more about the hearing and floor action HERE.

House Joint Resolution 22 was introduced on January 20, 2015. It has 82 sponsors including Washington State US Representatives Smith, Kilmer and Heck.  READ H.J.R. 22 HERE.

The states are acting: 23 State Attorney Generals (including Washington’s A.G.) supported Montana in its effort to uphold Montana state law outlawing corporations from participating in elections. The Supreme Court rejected this effort, but the briefs provided stunning evidence of the evils of the Copper Barons’ control of the Montana State government in the late 19th and early 20th Century.  Since the Supreme Court ruling, Montanans have overwhelmingly passed a ballot issue calling for a constitutional amendment.

Fix Democracy First is working with many other organizations to add Washington to the list of states that have passed resolutions. Almost half of current Washington State Senators and Representatives have supported a constitutional amendment by signing a letter pledging support, sponsoring and/or voting for a joint memorial urging Congress to pass an amendment.