H.J.Res.48 – Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing that the rights extended by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only.
Introduced in House (02/22/2019)
This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment providing that the rights protected by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only. Artificial entities, such as corporations, shall have no rights under the Constitution and are subject to regulation.
The amendment requires federal, state, and local government to (1) regulate, limit, or prohibit election contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures; 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, and the amendment shall not be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.
Urge Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Smith to co-sponsor
#WeThePeopleAmendment in the Senate
Big news! Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) will introduce the #WeThePeopleAmendment in the Senate, but needs a coalition of at least five other senators to join him by co-sponsoring. You can help by calling Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Tina Smith as soon as possible to urge them to become one of the five co-sponsors. Passing the amendment will clarify that well-funded organizations do not have constitutional rights and help get big money out of politics.
ACTION: Today – Take five minutes to call the offices of Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Smith
1. Call Senator Klobuchar’s office at 202-224-3244
–> Tell them that you want to see Senator Klobuchar work with Senator Markey and Move to Amend to introduce a companion bill to HJR 48 (We the People Amendment) in the Senate.
2. Call Senator Tina Smith’s office at 202-224-5641
–> Tell them that you want to see Senator Smith work with Senator Markey and Move to Amend to introduce a companion bill to HJR 48 (We the People Amendment) in the Senate.
It won’t take much time, and your effort will help them understand how much the issue means to Minnesotans. Thanks for helping, and please forward to folks who may be willing to call as well.