Thursday, April 15, 2010

Amendment overturning Citizens United decision introduced by NH Congressman in honor of Doris "Granny D" Haddock

A press release from Rep. Paul Hodes, (D-NH), who has introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision, named in honor of Doris "Granny D" Haddock. You can read the amendment here.

Washington, DC--Today, Paul Hodes unveiled a constitutional amendment to protect New Hampshire citizens from corporate interests funneling unlimited money into federal elections. In response to the outrageous Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, Paul Hodes has introduced a constitutional amendment named after activist Doris “Granny D” Haddock which would stop corporations from using virtually unlimited spending to influence the outcome of U.S. elections.
“The people deserve to decide our own elections, instead of having corporations dump millions of dollars into buying our democracy out from under us,” said Hodes. “An activist court wrongly allowed foreign corporations to infiltrate and pollute one of our most sacred American rights. And, after discussing this issue with my fellow Granite Staters, I feel that this amendment is the only way to truly guarantee that the mistakes of the court are fully overturned. New Hampshire elections should be decided by New Hampshire people, not big corporations.”

The amendment, named by Hodes after the campaign finance reform activist and New Hampshire native Doris “Granny D” Haddock, would allow state and federal elected representatives to pass laws to stop corporations from spending their almost unlimited resources on political campaigns. In a recent 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court repealed years of campaign finance reform laws by permitting corporations – both foreign and domestic – to engage in overt political spending and advertising.

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