Campaign Finance Reform

Campaign Finance Reform

Passing a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The United States Supreme Court, in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, opened floodgates of spending by juridical (non-human) entities and billionaires in our state, federal and local elections and ballot questions. Throughout the country, bi-partisan groups of citizens have risen up to prepare and pass a 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution to nullify Citizens United and enable Congress and the state legislatures to regulate campaign spending by natural persons and other legal entities.

I co-presented H3208, with Representative David Viera (R) of Bourne, Resolutions for a United States constitutional amendment and a limited amendment proposing convention with 82 co-sponsors. It was voted favorably out of the Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs and awaits further action. Additionally, I was appointed by Speaker Robert A. DeLeo to the Citizens Commission Concerning a Constitutional Amendment for Government of the People. This was created by 1,871,989 or 71.4% of voters voting in favor of ballot question #2 in November 2018. We held 16 hearings from May 2019 through June 2020 and proposed two Amendments and a process for working with others throughout the country to achieve enactment to preserve our democracy by taking big money out of politics.

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