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Dennis Kucinich Announces ‘Game Changing’ Constitutional Amendment to Publicly Finance Federal Elections.

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My boy Dennis Kucinich is at it again. He has introduced to Congress H.J. Res. 100, which would be a constitutional amendment that requires all federal campaigns to be funded by public funds exclusively. There would be no more PACS, Super- PACS, or any other forms of corporate contributions that ensure a political candidate is bought and paid for by the likes of the Koch brothers.

Of course, a lofty idyllic bill such as this will probably not gain much traction in the greedy self interested political world. However, the amendment could gain traction if enough people put pressure on our federal law makers.

If you’re tired of corporations buying off our politicians, and forging federal laws and dictating national policy for their own profit, contact your representative or senator, and tell them that you support this bill. Tell them several times; it’s going to take a hell of a lot of public pressure to get this amendment to see the light of day.

Here’s Kucinich’s press release posted on kucinich.house.gov, introducing and explaining the proposed amendment:

PRESS RELEASE

Kucinich Announces ‘Game Changing’ Constitutional Amendment to Publicly Finance Federal Elections

Washington, Jan 19 – 2012

On the eve of the second anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United, which opened the floodgate of unlimited, shadowy corporate spending in public elections, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has introduced H. J. Res. 100, a constitutional amendment to rescue American democracy from corporate money’s corrupting influence.

“Because of the decision by the Supreme Court majority in the Citizens United case, more money was spent on campaigns in the 2010 election than has ever been spent in a mid-term election.

“Because of the Citizens United case, more money will be spent in the 2012 elections than has ever been spent in an election in the history of our country.

“Because of the Citizens United case, American democracy has been put up on the auction block,” said Kucinich.

H.J. Res.100 would require that all federal campaigns –all campaigns for President, Vice-President, Senator and Representative – be financed exclusively with public funds and prohibit any expenditures from any other source, including the candidate. H. J. Res. 100 would also prohibit any expenditures in support of, or in opposition to, any federal candidate, so that interest groups will not be able to influence elections. It will maintain the First Amendment “freedom of the press” and preserve the traditional role that the media have played in our electoral process.

“We must rescue American democracy from unlimited corporate money. This is the most fundamental issue facing the future of our nation. With corporate, private financing we have officials working for the interest of corporations. With public financing we have officials working for the public. And public financing will actually save taxpayers’ money, by eliminating any incentive of public officials to reward campaign contributors with taxpayer subsidies.

“We must eliminate the influence of money on our elections and on our policy-making.  We must eliminate the influence of special interests on our elections and on our legislation.  We must eliminate the influence of multi-national corporations and foreign corporations on the government of our country. We cannot wait. We must fight for government of the people, by the people, for the people,” said Kucinich.

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  1. mac
    January 24, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I think the support for an amendment – the 28 – is building pretty rapidly, all things considered. Every nuke from Rove and others this year will just add pressure.

    And the Kochs will go too far, as usual.

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    • January 24, 2012 at 11:10 am

      I think a huge part of this proposed amendment is getting it out to the public eye. I have a feeling it might get a lot of support from both Democrats and Republicans. Regardless of political philosophy, I think that most agree that corporations have long ago corrupted our government.

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      • mac
        January 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        Yep. And we have the blueprint from TR from a hundred years ago.

        And this whole thing will turn before it turns to collapse and chaos, I still think…

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  2. January 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Kucinich 2016!

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