“Government won’t reform itself!”

Of the 100 senators I wrote regarding campaign finance reform this is the first and only response. It’s been a week and a half. ~97% did not have campaign finance anywhere on their topic drop down menu. Not surprising since 50% FIFTY PERCENT go on to be lobbyists on K street! The corruption must and can end!!
The ONLY response I got was from Tom Udall.  Here is his response:
September 12, 2013
Dear Mrs. Bailey,Thank you for contacting me regarding campaign finance reform. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.The 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC placed a new emphasis on the need for Congress to act. Unfortunately, Citizens United was a victory for powerful groups at the expense of the average American. It found that corporations and other special interests deserve the same free speech protections as individual Americans, enabling them to spend freely from their treasuries on campaign advertising. It also gave rise to so-called “Super PACs”, which can raise and spend unlimited funds to campaign for or against candidates.While the Citizens United decision sparked a renewed focus on the need for campaign finance reform, the court started down the path towards this broken system many years ago. In 1976, when the court held in Buckley v. Valeo that restricting independent campaign expenditures violates the First Amendment right to free speech, it established the flawed precedent that money and speech are the same thing. Since then, our nation’s policymakers are all too often elected based on their ability to raise money or the size of their personal fortunes, rather than the quality of their ideas, dedication to public service, and support among a broad array of citizens.

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,

Tom Udall
United States Senator


2 thoughts on ““Government won’t reform itself!”

  1. Pingback: It’s Constitution Day and yes…Corporations are People Too My Friends…. | Sunset Daily

  2. Pingback: Tell Congress to Overturn Citizens United Now! (LOL…as if they would do any work let alone some work on this extreme issue…but anyway….) | Sunset Daily

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