Bernie Sanders vs. Citizens United

Just a few days after Los Angeles California voted in a resolution that did not let Corporations be considered individuals, Bernie Sanders has proposed a Constitutional Amendment which will wipe out the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court.

Here it is:

Sen. Sanders’ proposed Saving American Democracy amendment states:

SECTION 1. The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons and do not extend to for-profit corporations, limited liability companies, or other private entities established for business purposes or to promote business interests under the laws of any state, the United States, or any foreign state.

SECTION 2. Such corporate and other private entities established under law are subject to regulation by the people through the legislative process so long as such regulations are consistent with the powers of Congress and the States and do not limit the freedom of the press.

SECTION 3. Such corporate and other private entities shall be prohibited from making contributions or expenditures in any election of any candidate for public office or the vote upon any ballot measure submitted to the people.

SECTION 4. Congress and the States shall have the power to regulate and set limits on all election contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own spending, and to authorize the establishment of political committees to receive, spend, and publicly disclose the sources of those contributions and expenditures.

Whether or not this will get anywhere has yet to be seen… but at least we can count on Bernie to keep it in front of the field during the upcoming elections.

About btchakir

Retired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.

Posted on December 8, 2011, in Announcement, campaign, Congress, Corporations, Economics, election, ethics, government, Legal, News, Politics, vote, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It reminds me of the book and companion film “The Corporation” which basically looked at the behavior of corporations as if they were an individual ie if somebody acted the way HALLIBURTON (just for example) does – they’d be considered psychotic. I forget whether or not it went on to say they’d pose a danger to themselves and/or society in which case they could be institutionalised — but if we don’t allow prisoners to vote – should we allow the insane?

  2. Good man himself and about time! Very important. Thank you for publishing this.

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