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Forum Post: The Sanders Amendment will NOT overturn Citizens United

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 19, 2012, 12:07 p.m. EST by francismjenkins (3713)
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This is an issue near and dear to all our hearts. Political corruption caused by money in politics is the root of many of our current problems. However, as I've been saying repeatedly (and now feel compelled to generate a thread on this issue), the Sander's Amendment is a waste of time, a distraction, and it won't change anything.

Here's the key language:

8 ‘SECTION 1. The rights protected by the Constitution 9 of the United States are the rights of natural persons and 10 do not extend to for-profit corporations, limited liability 11 companies, or other private entities established for busi- 12 ness purposes or to promote business interests under the 13 laws of any state, the United States, or any foreign state

Citizens United is NOT a "for-profit" corporation, it CANNOT be considered an organization established for business purposes (under any reasonable interpretation of the language). It is exclusively a political organization, established solely for the purposes of political activism. The same is true for "super-PACs." So I'm afraid this amendment is a complete waste of our time (it won't change a damn thing). If we insist on an amendment, then we need a new one. This is an unproductive distraction.

I mean, I'm not against the idea, but let's not get so caught up in an idea that we ignore the technical problems of this proposal. It's worthless, it won't change anything, and we need something else. Maybe a new amendment proposal, maybe a legislative proposal, but whatever it is, it should be tailored to actually reduce political corruption.

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[-] 1 points by April (3196) 2 years ago

Yes, I believe you're right. At best, this legislation just brings attention to the issue. Perhaps addresses just a small part of the larger issue.

I think the Yarmuth bill and Udall bill come at it a little differently.

http://yarmuth.house.gov/press/yarmuth-introduces-bipartisan-bill-to-get-money-out-of-politics/

http://tomudall.senate.gov/?p=blog&id=970

I'm not sure these have all the right things either. Rico has alot of ideas on this though.

http://occupywallst.org/forum/on-money-in-politics-and-corporate-speech/#comment-570317