Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has proposed a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. FEC. In March 2012, sixty-four Vermont towns successfully approved resolutions during their town meetings calling on Congress to initiate a constitutional amendment to undo the damage caused by the Citizens United ruling. On April 12th, , the Vermont Senate approved a resolution that asks Congress to consider the request of those town votes and propose a constitutional amendment to clarify that “money is not speech and corporations are not persons under the U.S. Constitution.”
The Saving American Democracy Amendment states that:
- Corporations are not persons with constitutional rights equal to real people.
- Corporations are subject to regulation by the people.
- Corporations may not make campaign contributions or any election expenditures.
- Congress and states have the power to regulate campaign finances.
Congratulations Bernie! Congratulations people of Vermont! You are the first state to call for the Convention. 33 to go!