What Would $4 Billion in Election Money Buy?

We just saw the most expensive midterm election in our nation’s history.

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Did you get any robocalls? Are you sick of them?

The effect of  U.S. Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United resulted in a midterm election that cost almost $4 BILLION.  And much of it was DARK MONEY.

$4 BILLION could pay for one year of the entire budget of the state of Delaware.

$4 billion could buy 1 billion meals for the homeless.

Or pay for the entire annual Renewable Energy Loans Program.

Now the American people are taking a stand.

The fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that enabled that corruption is right around the corner — and people are gearing up to make this one of the last anniversaries before Citizens United is overturned.

Activists nationwide are renewing the fight to make their state the next to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Across the country, voters are outraged that a few billionaires continue to try to buy our democracy often hiding their identity.

Go to Money Out / Voters In http://www.moneyoutvotersin.org/

And help pave the way to restoring real democracy.

1 State To End Citizens United

There are 2 scenarios to end Citizens United.  Both require only 1 state.

The Move To Amend version of a Constitutional Amendment has been passed in 16 states and could reach 34 in 2 years.  https://movetoamend.org/wethepeopleamendment

But rather than wait 2 years, we can shorten the process using the vagueness in Article V of the Constitution.  We have two opportunities and should press for both to increase our chances of success.

1. Rescissions not mentioned in Article V

Wikipedia says 33 out of 34 required states have asked for a Convention for a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA), if you ignore the rescissions.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balanced_budget_amendment

That is just one state short of asking for a convention.  Article V does not mention rescissions.  Meanwhile the constitution does NOT limit topics at a convention.  So a BBA called convention could discuss Citizens United!

2. Topic limits not mentioned in Article V

Unfortunately some states rescinded the BBA vote leaving 20 states. As mentioned above,16 states have passed bills for an amendment to Overturn Citizens United (OCU).  See chart below.  When you eliminate overlap, the number of states that voted for a Constitution Convention currently totals 33 out of a required 34.  One state short of asking for a convention. Again the constitution does NOT limit topics at a convention.

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Obviously we need just one more state as seen in red such as Washington or Minnesota to ask for a Constitutional Convention for either a Balanced Budget Amendment or a Overturn Citizens United amendment.  Do you have contacts in Washington or Minnesota to push for having a convention?

Then it is off to the Supreme Court to make the Constitutional Convention a reality.

Whoo!  Hoo!

Overturn Citizens United

We need only 1 more state legislature to ask for a Balanced Budget Amendment and then a Constitutional Convention will be held to overturn Citizens United AND pass a Balanced Budget Amendment.  That is because the Constitution DOES NOT LIMIT the topics at a Constitutional Convention.

Citizens United said that Corporations are people and that money is free speech.

That isn’t what our Founding Fathers intended.

See the following wikipedia website:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balanced_budget_amendment
go to the History section and read the last paragraph which says the following:

Article V of the Constitution specifies that if the legislatures of two-thirds of the states petition Congress for a constitutional amendment, then Congress must call a convention for proposing amendments. Between May 8, 1957 (Indiana), and July 21, 1983 (Missouri), applications from 32 different state legislatures, were submitted to Congress on the subject of a Balanced Budget Amendment.  On October 30, 2013, the Ohio Senate adopted Senate Joint Resolution No. 5; making Ohio the 33rd state.

If one additional state legislature were to petition, then the required two-thirds majority of states would be reached (34 out of 50 states) and some contend that Congress would be required to call a convention to propose a Balanced Budget Amendment.

A constitutional convention could overturn Citizens United  WITHOUT CONGRESS!  Please talk to your state legislators!