The Dodd-Udall constitutional amendment to address Citizens United

Senator Dodd introduced a constitutional amendment to address Citizens United, according to this report.

“I am a firm believer in the sanctity of the First Amendment, and I believe we must continue to do all we can to protect the free speech rights of the American people. But I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s conclusion that money is speech, and that corporations should be treated the same as individual Americans when it comes to protected, fundamental speech rights,” Dodd said in a statement.

Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat from New Mexico and a co-sponsor of the amendment, said the court ruling upends the notion that political campaigns “should be about the best ideas and not the biggest bank accounts.”

A press release on Sen. Tom Udall’s site has some details.

The constitutional amendment would authorize Congress to regulate the raising and spending of money for federal political campaigns, including independent expenditures, and allow states to regulate such spending at their level. It would also provide for implementation and enforcement of the amendment through legislation.

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