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Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Reverse Recent Supreme Court Rulings on Money in Politics

Posted June 4, 2014

MP3 Interview with Marge Baker, executive vice president with People for the American Way, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In 2010, the Citizens United ruling from the Supreme Court allowed unlimited contributions from corporations and unions to political candidates, purportedly independent of their campaigns. In April of this year, the court's McCutcheon decision overturned aggregate limits on campaign donations by individuals to both national parties and federal candidate committees. Both decisions equated money with free speech.

Many bills have been introduced in Congress to try to scale back the impact of big money in politics. One measure being proposed is a Constitutional amendment introduced by Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, that would give Congress power to regulate the raising and spending of money in federal elections and provide state legislatures with similar authority over state elections, including setting limits on both the amount someone may contribute to candidates and the amount candidates may spend.

A Judiciary Committee hearing on June 5 attracted media attention as well as the participation of the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate. In what insiders called "a highly unusual appearance," Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid will testify for the bill and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell testified against it. Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Marge Baker, executive vice president with People for the American Way. Here she explains that passage of the Udall bill would be a first step in a long process to reclaim American democracy for all the people, not just the wealthy few.

MARGE BAKER: Up until the radical decision of Citizens United – and in some ways the even more radical decision in the McCutcheon case – the Supreme Court was interpreting the First Amendment in a way that folks might have disagreed with the fundamental proposition about money equaling speech, but they hadn't yet used that doctrine to totally dismantle the campaign finance system. What happened in Citizens United and then McCutcheon is, it's clear that this court is determined to dismantle the campaign finance system using its interpretation of the First Amendment, and what we think is that interpretation is fundamentally wrong, and we need to restore the First Amendment to what it's intended to be – it's intended to be for all people, not just the privileged and the powerful. And I think what we have is a Supreme Court that's really run roughshod over the First Amendment and what we need to do with this amendment is restore the First Amendment to its intended purpose.

BETWEEN THE LINES: The Udall amendment so far has no Republican co-sponsors, and it seems unlikely to garner any in the current Congress, so passage looks bleak.

MARGE BAKER: As you may know, there are 16 states now that are on record, either through ballot initiatives or through votes of their state legislatures, that are in support of a congressional amendment, basically calling on their congressional delegations to support amending the Constitution to overturn Citizens United and related cases. And in a number of those state legislatures, you have Republicans voting for this kind of resolution – I think there's more than a hundred. So at the state level, there is Republican support for this. And the other important fact is that when these initiatives go to the polls – in Colorado and Montana – voters statewide voted on an initiative calling on their congressional delegation to support an amendment, and in cities across the country, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago – and in all of those votes, they win by three-quarters. Seventy-five percent and upwards of the people voting support a Constitutional amendment. When you get those numbers, that means this is bipartisan. So at the grassroots level, at the citizen level, it's bipartisan. In state legislatures, you get Republican support. We haven't yet gotten there in the U.S. Congress, but I think we will, because the people are demanding it.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Marge Baker, a Constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds vote by both houses of Congress, then ratification by three-quarters of the state legislatures. As we know from the failed Equal Rights Amendment, decades ago, this process is a long slog that doesn't always even end in victory. There's no other way to deal with the issue of money in politics?

MARGE BAKER: Actually, there's not. It's ambitious and audacious, but when the Supreme Court has so distorted what the First Amendment is, then you have two choices: you amend the Constitution or you change who sits on the Supreme Court and change the jurisprudence of the court. And those two aren't inconsistent. A campaign for a Constitutional amendment based on this notion that the American people want representative government; they want to believe this is a government of the people. Organizing around that, to amend the Constitution to do that, also lifts up the discussion about whether the Court got it right, so that when new justices are confirmed to the Supreme Court, it becomes part of the discussion, it becomes part of the issue: what view of the First Amendment do these justices have? Do they also want to restore the First Amendment as we would through a Constitutional amendment? So the two are very important; they go hand in hand.

And the ERA is a perfect example. I actually believe we will get to being able to pass this Constitutional amendment, and, even though the ERA wasn't successful, the discussion about equal rights for women produced a whole host of both court decisions that opened up equal rights for women, as well as legislation. So this is an interchange between the Court, the Constitution and the American public and the cultural change that needs to happen so that basically the views of the people now become pre-eminent and the views of five justices sitting on the Supreme Court are not in terms of what this Constitution and this democracy are all about.

BETWEEN THE LINES: There have been other bills in Congress that take a different approach, like the Sarbanes bill in the House that promotes public funding.

MARGE BAKER: I think these are all important. I think there is long-term, ambitious organizing that has to go on to amend the Constitution. At the same time, we also ought to be pushing for everything we can do to make the situation better, and that includes the Sarbanes "Government by the People" small donor bill. It includes disclose legislation and administrative action. There's a whole host of things we can do to make the current situation better, and we should try to do that. And we actually believe that the backdrop for framing how important this issue is by talking about a Constitutional amendment helps lift and add energy to those efforts as well. This is a full court press on every front that we can possibly act on.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Well, it's a long view, because two-thirds in each house is far from where the vote would be if it were held now.

MARGE BAKER: That's correct, but organizing of this issue and raising this notion that we deserve representative government – which is absolutely at the core of Rep. Sarbanes' Government by the People bill – those two interchange. So maybe in the short run we get a hovernment by the people act passed, as we continue to organize for a Constitutional amendment. And that will make things much, much better if we got that passed.

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