OCCUPIED Amendment From Ted Deutch "Totally Bans Corporate Money" in Campaigns

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It looks like all those hippies hanging out in parks may have actually sparked an idea.

Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch -- who represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties -- introduced the "Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy" (OCCUPIED) Constitutional Amendment today.

In Deutch's words, "The OCCUPIED Amendment both overturns the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that wrongly awarded the Constitutionally-protected free speech rights of people to corporations and totally bans corporate money from America's electoral process."

Deutch says his proposal makes it clear that free speech and other constitutional rights for people don't apply to corporations and their "interests," overturns the Citizens United decision that allows corporations to spend unlimited money during elections, and sets the stage for "real finance reform."

Here's Deutch's rant on the subject:

No matter how long protesters camp out across America, big banks will continue to pour money into shadow groups promoting candidates more likely to slash Medicaid for poor children than help families facing foreclosure. No matter how strongly Ohio families fight for basic fairness for workers, the Koch Brothers will continue to pour millions into campaigns aimed at protecting the wealthiest 1%. No matter how fed up seniors in South Florida are with an agenda that puts oil subsidies ahead of Social Security and Medicare, corporations will continue to fund massive publicity campaigns and malicious attack ads against the public interest. Americans of all stripes agree that for far too long, corporations have occupied Washington and drowned out the voices of the people. I introduced the OCCUPIED Amendment because the days of corporate control of our democracy must end. It is time to return the nation's capital and our democracy to the people.

The text of the joint resolution proposed by Deutch -- which would be an amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- is only about a page long, made up of four sections that are each a sentence long.

You can read the text of it here and his explanation of each section here.


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Jerry
Jerry

Why not ban it from both????  Just individuals can give.  

FQS9000
FQS9000

Even better, ban politicians and make it like jury duty,  One year service & out for 10 years.  By lottery & the loser goes to Washington.  Can't be worse than what we have.

Mylifeisgood
Mylifeisgood

Yes, sortition is how juries are chosen, and we should take a hard look at it.Don't worry, Conservatives, we reject all attempts by politicians to co-opt us. Occupy really only has one issue, and I know that all Americans regardless of political persuasion can agree on it: Government should not be for sale, to anybody.All this left vs right BS must cease. Vast sums of money have been spent on the propaganda to convince Conservatives and Progressives to hate each other. That isn't the American way. Divided, we fall. 

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

He has a damned good point.  Corporations already control most of government thanks to lobbyists, and now that moronic conservative judgement that they are people too means that they will FLOOD politicians with money.  Say good bye to a government for the people by the people.  If you want to see what kind of world they want, just watch the Robocop movies.  That is EXACTLY what they want.

nanook5
nanook5

i'd buy that for a dollar, YEAH

FQS9000
FQS9000

This was sarcasm.  How like you to praise it, accept it, and love it.  Too bad you can vote.  Unions are the most greedy and corrupt influence on American politics.  Too bad fools think that unions are for anybody but themselves.

FQS9000
FQS9000

NEVER should corporations be allowed to finance politicians.  Only unions should be allowed to do that.  Unions are ALL honest, decent and pure.  They ALWAYS put the wants of union bosses and dues paying members before having ANY concern about the public, customers, shareholders, suppliers and non-union employees.  Unions GOOD!  Companies BAD!

Candace Weaver
Candace Weaver

It should include all special interest, unions and corps included.  Only individuals can donate anonymously . I also say, pay politicians the median US income which is around 32,000. That would give them an incentive to actually do the job they are intended to do.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

I've got $100 that says Allen West will oppose it.

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