H. J. Res. 2, Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.

Summary: This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing Congress and the states to set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.

The amendment grants Congress and the states the power to implement and enforce this amendment by legislation. They are allowed to distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections. Cosponsors

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 6/25/19.

STATUS: Introduced 1/03/19 by Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22]. 

INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:

  • “Years after the Citizens United decision, election spending has exploded into billion-dollar races that corrupt our elections by drowning out the voices of American voters,” said Congressman Deutch. “Meaningful political participation cannot be reserved for individuals with extreme wealth and special interests, and we cannot continue to allow those who spend the most to dictate public policy that is out of step with our country. From climate change to gun violence, the issues that are most important to the American people are dominated by the will of the bottomless pockets that fund elections rather than the will of voters. We need to overturn Citizens United to get big money out of politics, strengthen our democracy, and restore power to the American people.” (Source: Rep. Deutch, Press Release, 1/04/19)

ADDITIONAL DETAIL:

  • Link to the text of the bill.
  • Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

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