Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The battle of the amendments!

After Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) introduced a constitutional amendment to clean up the Supreme Court's mess by effectively abolishing corporate personhood, now another amendment has been proposed to do this.

Yesterday, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Maryland) sponsored a new amendment to rein in the evils of corporate personhood. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Michigan) signed on as a cosponsor.

This amendment cuts more to the heart of the matter than Boswell's amendment though. It reads:

"Section 1. The sovereign right of the people to govern being essential to a free democracy, Congress and the States may regulate the expenditure of funds for political speech by any corporation, limited liability company, or other corporate entity.

"Section 2. Nothing contained in this Article shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press."

Is Congress going to bottle up this amendment in committee like they've done with Boswell's? Maybe every member will introduce their own amendment for Congress to ignore.

Or maybe - just maybe - Congress can approve this amendment like they should and send it to the states for ratification.

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