Tell Brad Schneider: End Citizens United!

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What you need to know:

A constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling and end Citizens United was introduced in the House on January 30, 2017, by Rep. Richard Nolan (D-MD). It currently has 43 co-sponsors, and our representative is not one of them.

What is Citizens United? Click here for a brief explanation.

What you can do:

Tell Rep. Schneider I support a constitutional amendment to end unlimited corporate influence in politics, and he should too.

Call Representative Brad Schneider. Ask him why he has not co-sponsored this resolution.

Lincolnshire office: 847-383-4870

Washington D.C. office: 202-225-4835

Script:

Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m from [CITY, ZIP]. Please let Representative Schneider know I was calling to find out why he has not co-sponsored H.J. Res 48? I believe that we should end Citizens United and the era of corporate influence. Corporate money in elections weakens the power of my vote and silences people in poverty. Rep Schakowsky recently came on board as a sponsor. Can I count on Rep. Schneider to co-sponsor this bill and vote to support it in the House Judiciary committee?

Bonus Action:

Become a member of American Promise.

American Promise leads the cross-partisan, fifty-state campaign for the 28th Amendment so that people, not money, govern America. The 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution replaces the Supreme Court’s doctrine of political inequality and systemic corruption, reflected in decisions such as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, with foundational American principles of equal citizenship and representation and safeguards against concentrated power.

More Additional Information:

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jan 30, 2017.

Constitutional Amendment

This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment providing that: (1) the rights protected by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only; (2) artificial entities (such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities established by the laws of any state, the United States, or any foreign state) shall have no rights under the Constitution and are subject to regulation by the people, through federal, state, or local law; and (3) the privileges of such artificial entities shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

The amendment requires federal, state, and local government to: (1) regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process and that no person gains, as a result of that person’s money, substantially more access or ability to influence the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure; and (2) require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed. The judiciary is prohibited from construing the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.