These decisions, among others, demonstrate the court’s willingness to rule broadly and ignore longstanding precedent in order to declare our campaign finance laws unconstitutional. Because of this, I believe that the only way to fix the problem is to first amend the Constitution to grant Congress clear authority to regulate the campaign finance system.
Accordingly, on June 18, 2013, I introduced Senate Joint Resolution (S. J. Res.) 19 along with several of my colleagues. This proposed constitutional amendment would authorize Congress to regulate the raising and spending of money for federal political campaigns, including so-called “Super PAC” independent expenditures, and allow states to regulate such spending at their level. It would not dictate any specific policies or regulations. Instead, it would allow Congress to respond to the public and pass campaign finance reform legislation that withstands constitutional challenges. Upon introduction, S. J. Res. 19 was referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where no further action has yet occurred.
I believe that elections should be about who has the best ideas to move our country forward, not who has the biggest checkbook, and I will continue to fight for reforms to help ensure that the American people, not special interest money, control elections.
Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me. Please feel free to contact me with your concerns regarding any federal issue by visiting my website atwww.tomudall.senate.gov. For more information, you may also visit my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Senator-Tom-Udall/106433512869 and receive up to the minute updates through my Twitter page at http://twitter.com/senatortomudall.
Very truly yours,
United States Senator