In an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers this past Monday, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assured the comedian he wouldn’t be going to jail if the Democracy For All amendment were to be ratified.
The concerns came from a speech Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave during last week’s senate debate over the amendment were he argued passage of the bill could lead to satirists and comedians to be jailed.
Yesterday, during the Senate debate of the Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) gave an impassioned speech on the floor in support of the amendment. Watch his speech here or at the bottom of this post.
The Supreme Court will eventually reverse itself on Citizens United v. FEC, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told Katie Couric in a recent interview for Yahoo! News.
Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), and Jim McGovern (Mass.) and 100 House colleagues introduced a “Democracy for All” amendment (HJ Res 119) Tuesday to give Congress and state legislatures the ability to regulate campaign spending and fundraising.
While the constitutional amendment recently proposed by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and the Government by The People Act sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) have brought much needed attention to campaign finance reform in a national context, it is important not to forget about state and local governments.
So, last summer, CREDO worked with political scientists on an experiment: they emailed 191 Congressional offices for meetings--with either "meeting with local campaign donors" or "meeting with local constituents" as the subject line (and a variation of that in the body).Jan23
Yesterday, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) reintroduced legislation to override a key element of the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates for unlimited special-interest spending on campaigns.Jan17
Nick is the president and CEO of Public Campaign
Why would I travel to New Hampshire and walk outdoors in the middle of winter? It’s a good question.
My answer starts with another good question, said to have been asked of Benjamin Franklin as he left the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia: “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" His answer, of course, was "A republic, if you can keep it.”Oct23
Recent U.S. Supreme Court cases have left our campaign finance system in need of repair. The court opened the floodgates to corporate money in Citizens United v. FEC, and is currently considering overturning the aggregate contribution limits in McCutcheon v. FEC.