Proposed Principles For A Constitutional Amendment

While there are other steps that can and should be taken to eliminate the role of corporate money in the American electoral process, TAIPD continues to believe that a constitutional amendment is necessary, even if difficult to achieve.  In the following we set out some principles that need to be incorporated into any such amendment.

The American Institute for Progressive Democracy
A discussion draft leading to a Constitutional Amendment in response to the
Citizens United & other Recent Supreme Court Decisions

1. Corporations, limited liability companies, and other corporate entities are not natural persons, are not citizens and are not imbued with the same
inalienable rights as citizens.

2. Only citizens shall have the right to contribute funds or in-kind donations to campaigns of citizens for public office or for the purposes of supporting or opposing such campaigns for public office. All such contributions shall be a matter of public record.

3. Only citizens may form organizations to support or oppose the candidacies of citizens for public office. All contributions of funds or in-kind donations made to such organizations shall be made only by citizens and shall be a matter of public record. All contributions made by or through such organizations to support or oppose the campaigns of citizens for public office shall also be a matter of public record.

4. The sovereign right of citizens to govern being essential to a free democracy, Congress and the States may regulate the expenditure of funds or in-kind donations made for the purposes of supporting or opposing the election campaigns of citizens to public office, in conformity with 1, 2 and 3 above.