Special TopicRep. Deutch Introduces OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment To Ban Corporate Money In Politics
By Zaid Jilani on Nov 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) is tackling corporate money in politics head on.In one of the greatest signs yet that the 99 Percenters are having an impact, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, today introduced an amendment that would ban corporate money in politics and end corporate personhood once and for all.
Deutch’s amendment, called the Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy (OCCUPIED) Amendment, would overturn the Citizens United decision, re-establishing the right of Congress and the states to regulate campaign finance laws, and to effectively outlaw the ability of for-profit corporations to contribute to campaign spending.
“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,” said Deutch in a statement provided to ThinkProgress. “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. It is time to return the nation’s capital and our democracy to the people.”
We the undersigned support Rep. Deutch's Constitutional Amendment to Ban Corporate Money in Politics, and encourage you, as our Representatives to do the same. Corporations are NOT people and by allowing them to pump unlimited money into elections it promotes more corruption in politics, and for all practical purposes, the buying of elections.
It is not in our country's best interest to allow a select few corporations, or the super rich, to massively influence our elections in this way as this is very unfair, and will obviously destroy the democracy that the United States is based on. We feel Representatives on both sides of the isle readily know this, it's just a matter of enough of you uniting over this amendment for the sake of eliminating at least some of the corruption and unfairness within our government..
Thank you for your time in reading this, and we deeply ask you, as our Representatives, to please support this amendment and stand up to big money for the sake of uniting the people of this beautiful country we live in.