Government by the People

House Committee Approves DISCLOSE Act

The House Administration Committee today approved an amended version of the DISCLOSE Act, a bill aimed at blunting the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way, issued the following statement:

“By approving the DISCLOSE Act, The House Administration Committee has taken an important step toward restoring democracy and transparency to our electoral process.

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DISCLOSE Act Is Key First Step in Fixing "Citizens United"

Today, Democratic Senators appeared in front of the Supreme Court to unveil crucial legislation to mitigate the impact of the Supreme Court's destructive ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.

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Ask your town, city, or state to pass a resolution in favor of an amendment to correct Citizens United by sharing our sample resolution with your local councilmember or state legislator.

Government By the People Activist Toolkit

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Legislation to Fix Citizens United

Legislation stemming from the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, or related to issues raised by the ruling, including support for a constitutional amendment to correct the Court

UNITED STATES

 

United States HJR 68. Representative Leonard Boswell (D-IA3). Introduced on 1/21/2010. Constitutional amendment (US) prohibiting corporations and labor organizations from using their operating funds to pay for political ads. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HJR 74. Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD4). Introduced on 2/2/2010. Constitutional amendment (US) affirming the power of Congress power to regulate corporate spending on political speech. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 3859. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH9). Introduced on 10/20/2009. Bars foreign corporations from making political contributions, and foreign nationals from participating in decision-making regarding election-related activities. Also creates a foreign political activities clearinghouse within the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States SJR 28. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT). Introduced on 2/24/2010. Constitutional amendment (US) affirming the power of Congress to regulate financing of federal elections and the power of states to regulate financing of state elections. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 158. Representative Dave Obey (D-WI7). Introduced on 1/6/2009. Among several campaign finance provisions is the establishment of voluntary public financing for House elections through creation of the Grassroots Good Citizenship Fund. Bans independent expenditures in House elections. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4431. Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL8). Introduced on 1/13/2010. Levies a 500 percent excise tax on corporate political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4432. Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL8). Introduced on 1/13/2010. Requires corporations to disclose any non-business expenditure made to influence public opinion. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4433. Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL8). Introduced on 1/13/2010. Applies the antitrust laws to corporate political committees. Bars such committees from serving multiple legal entities within the same business. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4434. Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL8). Introduced on 1/13/2010. Bars for-profit recipients of federal funding from making political contributions. Limits contributions made by employees of such recipients Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4435. Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL8). Introduced on 1/13/2010. Requires applications for registration with a national securities exchange to include a certification of compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4487. Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL8). Introduced on 1/21/2010. Requires corporations to get shareholder approval for any non-business expenditure made to influence public opinion. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4510. Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL8). Introduced on 1/26/2010. Bars corporations from making political contributions if a foreign principal(s) has an ownership interest. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4511. Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL8). Introduced on 1/26/2010. Bars corporations from making political contributions if they retain or employ registered lobbyists. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4517. Representative John Hall (D-NY19). Introduced on 1/26/2010. Bars corporations from making political contributions if a foreign principal(s): controls 5% or greater of outstanding shares; serves on the Board; or is employed in a senior executive position. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4522. Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ8). Introduced on 1/26/2010. Bars corporations from making political contributions if a foreign principal(s): serves on the Board; has an ownership interest; or holds debt or other obligations. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4523. Representative Tom Perriello (D-VA5). Introduced on 1/26/2010. Bars corporations from making political contributions if a foreign principal(s) has an ownership interest. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4527. Representative Steve Driehaus (D-OH1). Introduced on 1/27/2010. Requires corporations and labor organizations to include certain sponsor identification information on their campaign material. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4537. Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA8). Introduced on 1/27/2010. Requires shareholder approval of corporate political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4540. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT3). Introduced on 1/27/2010. Bars corporations from making political contributions if a foreign principal(s) has controlling interest. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4550. Representative Niki Tsongas (D-MA5). Introduced on 1/27/2010. Prohibits the use or donation of federal funds to support political contributions and lobbying activities. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4583. Representative John Boccieri (D-OH16). Introduced on 2/3/2010. Requires certain nonprofit and political organizations to include certain sponsor identification information on their campaign material and in reports on independent expenditures and electioneering communications. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4617. Representative Tim Walz (DFL-MN1). Introduced on 2/5/2010. Requires financial institutions receiving emergency federal funding to segregate such funding. Bars them from using this money for political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4630. Representative Gary Ackerman (D-NY5). Introduced on 2/22/2010. Requires disclosure of corporate political contributions to shareholders. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4644. Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA7). Introduced on 2/22/2010. Requires shareholder approval of corporate political contributions. Exempts corporate political committees. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4749. Representative David Price (D-NC4). Introduced on 3/3/2010. Requires inclusion of certain sponsor identification information in all campaign material. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States HR 4790. Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA8). Introduced on 3/9/2010. Requires shareholder and Board approval of corporate political contributions. Requires applications for registration with a national securities exchange to include disclosure of such contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States S 2954. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Introduced on 1/26/2010. Bars corporations from making political contributions if a foreign principal(s): serves on the Board; has an ownership interest; or holds debt or other obligations. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States S 2959. Senator Al Franken (DFL-MN). Introduced on 1/27/2010. Bars corporations from making political contributions if a foreign principal(s) has controlling or substantial interest. Requires sponsor identification information pertaining to foreign interest(s) on campaign material by other corporations. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

United States S 3004. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Introduced on 2/4/2010. Requires disclosure to and approval of corporate political contributions by shareholders. Requires the inclusion of certain sponsor identification information on campaign material and in prominent web listings. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

ALASKA

 

Alaska HB 358. Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-9). Introduced on 2/19/2010. Regulates the reporting and disclosure of political contributions, including  independent expenditures. Also requires a "paid for by" disclosure on all political communications. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Alaska HB 401. Representative Paul Seaton (R-35). Introduced on 2/23/2010. Regulates the reporting and disclosure of political contributions, including  independent expenditures. Also requires a "paid for by" disclosure on all political communications. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Alaska HB 409. House State Affairs Committee. Introduced on 2/26/2010. Regulates the reporting and disclosure of political contributions, including  independent expenditures. Also requires a "paid for by" disclosure on all political communications. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Alaska SB 284. Senate Judiciary Committee. Introduced on 2/19/2010. Regulates the reporting and disclosure of political contributions, including  independent expenditures. Also requires a "paid for by" disclosure on all political communications. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

ARIZONA

 

Arizona HB 2788. Representative Kirk Adams (R-19). Introduced on 2/18/2010. Requires corporations and labor organizations to register with the Secretary of State and follow set guidelines if they wish to make independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Arizona SB 1444. Senator Bob Burns (R-9). Introduced on 2/15/2010. Requires corporations and labor organizations to register with the Secretary of State and follow set guidelines if they wish to make independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

CALIFORNIA

 

California AJR 3. Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D-35). Introduced on 1/23/2009. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and calls on the US Congress to pass a constitutional amendment. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

California AB 7. Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-6). Introduced on 12/1/2008. Requires certain sponsor identification information to be included on campaign materials financed by independent expenditures. Note that an amendment replaced this entire bill with language from an unrelated measure. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

California AB 2321. Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D-35). Introduced on 2/19/2010. Refers to Citizens United in its regulation of corporate political disbursements, including: reporting and disclosure requirements; and shareholder rights, including objection/refusal, share refunds, and civil action. Note that this bill was originally an unrelated measure. Language replaced by amendment. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

COLORADO

 

Colorado HJR 1011. Representative Paul Weissmann (D-12). Introduced on 2/10/2010. Calls on the Colorado Supreme Court to interpret the impact of the Citizen United ruling. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

CONNECTICUT

 

Connecticut HB 5471. Joint Committee on Government Administration and Elections. Introduced on 3/4/2010. Defines and regulates independent expenditures. Also defines coordinated expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Connecticut HB 5511. Joint Committee on Government Administration and Elections. Introduced on 3/11/2010. Requires the State Elections Enforcement Commission to review Connecticut election law in light of Citizens United and, if necessary, make recommendations for corrective legislation. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

FLORIDA

 

Florida SB 470. Senator Charlie Justice (D-16). Introduced on 3/2/2010. Bars corporations from making political contributions but provides for unrestricted independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Florida HB 1207. Representative Seth McKeel (R-63). Introduced on 3/2/2010. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Florida SB 2536. Senator John Thrasher (R-8). Introduced on 3/11/2010. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the reporting and disclosure of independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

GEORGIA

Georgia SB 17. Senator Seth Harp (R-29). Introduced on 1/12/2009. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

HAWAII

 

Hawaii HB 2928. Representative Scott Saiki (D-22). Introduced on 1/27/2010. Requires corporations accepting or making political contributions to form noncandidate committees. Also puts a 2-year cycle cap on contributions to those committees. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Hawaii HB 2968. Representative Della Belatti (D-25). Introduced on 1/27/2010. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and bars corporations from making political contributions. Also restricts the use of treasury funds. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Hawaii HCR 282. Representative Bob Herkes (D-5). Introduced on 3/10/2010. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and calls on the US Congress to pass a constitutional amendment barring the use of "person" when defining "corporate entity." Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Hawaii HR 204. Representative Bob Herkes (D-5). Introduced on 3/10/2010. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and calls on the US Congress to pass a constitutional amendment barring the use of "person" when defining "corporate entity." Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Hawaii SB 2918. Senator Les Ihara (D-9). Introduced on 1/27/2010. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and bars corporations from making political contributions. Also restricts the use of treasury funds. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Hawaii SCR 225. Senator Gary L. Hooser (D-7). Introduced on 3/10/2010. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and calls on the US Congress to pass a constitutional amendment barring the use of "person" when defining "corporate entity." Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Hawaii SR 116. Senator Gary L. Hooser (D-7). Introduced on 3/10/2010. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and calls on the US Congress to pass a constitutional amendment barring the use of "person" when defining "corporate entity." Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

IDAHO

 

Idaho HJM 12. House State Affairs Committee. Introduced on 2/24/2010. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and calls on the US Congress to take action through legislation or a constitutional amendment. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

IOWA

 

Iowa HF 2441. House State Government Committee. Introduced on 2/16/2010. Expands the definition of "political committee" to include corporations and labor organizations engaging in political activity. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Iowa SF 2128. Senate State Government Committee. Introduced on 1/28/2010. Regulates the reporting and disclosure of political contributions, especially those from federal and out-of-state committees. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Iowa SF 2195. Senate State Government Committee. Introduced on 2/8/2010. Expands the definition of "political committee" to include corporations and labor organizations engaging in political activity. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Iowa SF 2354. Senate State Government Committee. Introduced on 2/15/2010. Regulates the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, political contributions, including  independent expenditures. Also requires a "paid for by" disclosure on all political communications. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Iowa HF 379. Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-45). Introduced on 2/19/2009. Among several campaign finance provisions is the establishment of voluntary public financing. Includes regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

KANSAS

Kansas HB 2733. House Federal and State Affairs Committee. Introduced on 3/9/2010. Applies campaign finance reporting requirements to any person sponsoring any electioneering communication. Defines said communications. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

KENTUCKY

 

Kentucky HB 151. Representative Darryl Owens (D-43). Introduced on 1/5/2010. Among several campaign finance provisions is the removal of reporting requirements for paid media outlets. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Kentucky SR 127. Senator Perry Clark (D-37). Introduced on 2/10/2010. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and reaffirms Kentucky's limits on corporate spending on elections. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

MAINE

Maine SP 592. Senator Nancy Sullivan (D-4). Introduced on 1/6/2010. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the reporting and disclosure of independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

MARYLAND

 

Maryland HB 616. Delegate Saqib Ali (D-39). Introduced on 2/3/2010. Regulates the making of independent expenditures, including disclosure requirements and shareholder approval. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Maryland HB 725. Delegate Richard Impallaria (R-7). Introduced on 2/5/2010. Bars foreign nationals from making political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Maryland HB 917. Delegate Alfred Carr (D-18). Introduced on 2/10/2010. Bars corporations from making political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Maryland HB 986. Delegate Samuel Rosenberg (D-41). Introduced on 2/12/2010. Regulates corporate political contributions and campaign material, including Board oversight and shareholder approval. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Maryland HB 1029. Delegate Alfred Carr (D-18). Introduced on 2/15/2010. Regulates the reporting and disclosure of independent expenditures made by business entities and nonprofits. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Maryland HB 1087. Delegate Saqib Ali (D-39). Introduced on 2/17/2010. Requires subsidiaries of foreign-owned business to prominently disclose where the foreign owned business entity is located, along with certain additional sponsor identification information. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Maryland HB 1225. Delegate Kumar Barve (D-17). Introduced on 2/18/2010. Requires business entities and nonprofit organizations to include certain sponsor identification information on their campaign material. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Maryland HB 1504. Delegate Justin Ross (D-22). Introduced on 3/4/2010. Bars out-of-state political committees from making political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status. http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/billfile/HB1504.htm

Maryland SB 216. Senator Brian Frosh (D-16). Introduced on 1/21/2010. Modifies and expands existing law regarding political contributions made by affiliated business entities, applying the same restrictions as single-company contributors if certain conditions are met. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Maryland SB 543. Senator David Harrington (D-47). Introduced on 2/4/2010. Requires business entities and nonprofit organizations to file independent expenditure reports. Also requires that they include sponsor identification information on their campaign material. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Maryland SB 570. Senator Brian Frosh (D-16). Introduced on 2/4/2010. Regulates corporate political contributions and campaign material, including Board oversight and shareholder approval. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Maryland SB 601. Senator Jamie Raskin (D-20). Introduced on 2/5/2010. Bars business entities from contributing  to  campaign finance entities. Also prohibits expenditures in support of or opposed to candidates. Allows business spending only on ballot questions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Maryland SB 691. Senator Jamie Raskin (D-20). Introduced on 2/10/2010. Bars persons doing public business from making independent expenditures. Also lowers the "doing business" threshold from $100,000 to $5,000. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Maryland SB 750. Senator Roy Dyson (D-29). Introduced on 2/10/2010. Bars foreign nationals from making political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

MINNESOTA

 

Minnesota HF 913. Representative Gene Pelowski (DFL-31A). Introduced on 2/19/2009. Removes certain unconstitutional provisions governing independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Minnesota HF 3559. Representative Paul Kohls (R-34A). Introduced on 3/9/2010. Allows corporations to make independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Minnesota SF 425. Senator Ann Rest (DFL-45). Introduced on 2/5/2009. Removes certain unconstitutional provisions governing independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Minnesota SF 2353. Senator Ann Rest (DFL-45). Introduced on 2/4/2010. Repeals the ban on independent expenditures by corporations. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Minnesota SF 3018. Senator John Marty (DFL-54). Introduced on 3/4/2010. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Minnesota SF 3157. Senator Chris Gerlach (R-37). Introduced on 3/11/2010. Allows corporations to make independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Minnesota HF 1206. Representative Steve Simon (DFL-44A). Introduced on 3/2/2009. Among several campaign finance provisions is a modified definition of independent expenditures, which now includes certain political party expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Minnesota HF 3668. Representative Mindy Greiling (DFL-54A). Introduced on 3/15/2010. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Minnesota SF 80. Senator Ann Rest (DFL-45). Introduced on 1/15/2009. Among several campaign finance provisions is a modified definition of independent expenditures, which now includes certain political party expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi HB 383. Representative Bobby Moak (D-53). Introduced on 1/6/2010. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Mississippi SB 2050. Senator David Blount (D-29). Introduced on 1/6/2010. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

NEBRASKA

 

Nebraska LB 638. Senator Scott Lautenbaugh (NE-NP-18). Introduced on 1/21/2009. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

New Hampshire HB 1367. Representative James Splaine (D-16). Introduced on 1/6/2010. Requires business organizations and labor unions to form political committees if they wish to make political contributions. Requires that such spending only be done from separate accounts funded by voluntary contributions. Also includes reporting requirements for independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

NEW JERSEY

 

New Jersey AR 64. Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7). Introduced on 3/4/2010. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and calls on the US Congress to pass a constitutional amendment. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

NEW YORK

 

New York A 9948. Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-25). Introduced on 2/17/2010. Refers to Citizens United in its requiring of shareholder approval of corporate political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

New York S 7063. Senator Daniel Squadron (D-25). Introduced on 3/10/2010. Bars limited liability companies from making political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

New York A 7488. Assemblyman James Brennan (D- NY-44). Introduced on 4/13/2009. Among several campaign finance provisions is a bar on the making of political contributions by corporations and labor unions. Regulates the reporting and disclosure of independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

New York A 8902. Assemblyman Sheldon Silver (D-64). Introduced on 6/13/2009. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the reporting and disclosure of independent expenditures. Establishes voluntary public financing in campaigns for legislative and statewide office through creation of the New York State Campaign Finance system/fund. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

New York S 7083. Senator Daniel Squadron (D-25). Introduced on 3/11/2010. Requires shareholder approval of corporate political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

OHIO

Ohio SB 240. Senator Jon Husted (R-6). Introduced on 3/16/2010. Allows corporations and labor organizations to make independent expenditures. Requires that they file campaign finance reports. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma SB 1741. Senator Glen Coffee (R-30). Introduced on 2/1/2010. Repeals the ban on independent expenditures by corporations. Modifies definitions in campaign finance law to support said repeal. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

OREGON

 

Oregon SB 1058. Senator Rick Metsger (D-26). Introduced on 2/1/2010. Among several campaign finance provisions is the barring of corporations and labor organizations from spending treasury funds on political contributions, including independent expenditures.  Creates an exception for certain nonprofits. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

Pennsylvania HR 653. Representative Steve Santarsiero (D-31). Introduced on 3/9/2010. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and calls on the US Congress to call a constitutional convention. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Pennsylvania SB 1269. Senator Jane Earll (R-49). Introduced on 3/11/2010. Among several electoral reform provisions is campaign finance language related to out-of-state political committees and independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island SR 2698. Senator James Sheehan (D-36). Introduced on 3/18/2010. Expresses disagreement with Citizens United and calls on the US Congress to take action through legislation. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina H 3520. Representative Joseph Neal (D-70). Introduced on 2/12/2009. Among several campaign finance provisions is the establishment of voluntary public financing. Includes regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

South Carolina S 438. Senator Clementa Pinckney (D-45). Introduced on 2/18/2009. Among several campaign finance provisions is the establishment of voluntary public financing. Includes regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

 

South Dakota HCR 1018. Representative Ed Iron Cloud (D-27). Introduced on 3/9/2010. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and calls on the US Congress to pass a constitutional amendment. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

South Dakota SB 165. Senator Scott Heidepriem (D-SD-13). Introduced on 2/1/2010. Requires shareholder approval of corporate political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

South Dakota HB 1053. House Local Government Committee. Introduced on 1/12/2010. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

TENNESSEE

 

Tennessee HB 3182. Representative Mike Turner (D-51). Introduced on 1/27/2010. Bars foreign corporations from making political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee HB 3587. Representative Kent Coleman (D-49). Introduced on 1/28/2010. Requires corporations to file political contribution reports when  corporate funds are used for this purpose. Also requires that they include sponsor identification information on their campaign material. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee HB 3626. Representative Vance Dennis (R-71). Introduced on 1/28/2010. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the reporting and disclosure of independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee HB 3714. Representative G.A. Hardaway (D-92). Introduced on 1/28/2010. Bars outside corporations from making in-state political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee HB 3715. Representative G.A. Hardaway (D-92). Introduced on 1/28/2010. Bars foreign corporations from making political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee SB 3118. Senator Andy Berke (D-10). Introduced on 1/27/2010. Requires corporations to file political contribution reports when  corporate funds are used for this purpose. Also requires that they include sponsor identification information on their campaign material. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee SB 3198. Senator Lowe Finney (D-27). Introduced on 1/28/2010. Bars foreign corporations from making political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee SB 3303. Senator Brian Kelsey (R-31). Introduced on 1/28/2010. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the reporting and disclosure of independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee SB 3633. Senator Reginald Tate (D-33). Introduced on 1/28/2010. Bars foreign corporations from making political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee SB 3664. Senator Reginald Tate (D-33). Introduced on 1/28/2010. Bars outside corporations from making in-state political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee SB 3797. Senator Beverly Marrero (D-30). Introduced on 1/28/2010. Bars outside corporations from making in-state political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee HB 3713. Representative G.A. Hardaway (D-92). Introduced on 1/28/2010. Bars corporations from contributing to campaigns for judicial office. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee SB 3672. Senator Reginald Tate (D-33). Introduced on 1/28/2010. Bars corporations from contributing to campaigns for judicial office. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Tennessee SB 3798. Senator Beverly Marrero (D-30). Introduced on 1/28/2010. Bars corporations from contributing to campaigns for judicial office. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

VERMONT

Vermont H 299. Representative Jason Lorber (D-Chittenden). Introduced on 2/25/2009. Among several campaign finance provisions are modifications to Vermont's public financing system, the Vermont Campaign Fund. Regulates the reporting and disclosure of independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Vermont S 294. Senate Government Operations Committee. Introduced on 3/15/2010. Requires certain sponsor identification information to be included on electioneering communications. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

WASHINGTON

 

Washington SJM 8027. Senator Ken Jacobsen (D-46). Introduced on 2/4/2010. Expresses disagreement with the Citizens United ruling and calls on the US Congress to pass a constitutional amendment. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Washington HB 2016. Representative Dennis Flannigan (D-27). Introduced on 2/6/2009. Among several campaign finance provisions are regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia HB 4646. Delegate Tim Manchin (D-43). Introduced on 2/22/2010. Requires disclosure to and approval of corporate political contributions by shareholders. Requires the inclusion of certain sponsor identification information on campaign material and in prominent web listings. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

West Virginia HB 4647. Delegate Tim Manchin (D-43). Introduced on 2/22/2010. Allows corporations to make independent expenditures. Includes regulations on the making of, as well as the reporting and disclosure of, independent expenditures. Bars corporations from making other political contributions. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

West Virginia SB 692. Senator Jeffrey Kessler (D-2). Introduced on 2/22/2010. Requires disclosure to and approval of corporate political contributions by shareholders. Requires the inclusion of certain sponsor identification information on campaign material and in prominent web listings. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

 

WISCONSIN

 

Wisconsin AB 812. Representative Spencer Black (D-77). Introduced on 3/5/2010. Refers to Citizens United in its regulation of corporate political disbursements, including: registration, reporting, and disclosure requirements; shareholder approval; and foreign corporations. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Wisconsin SB 540. Senator Robert Wirch (D-22). Introduced on 2/17/2010. Refers to the Citizens United ruling in its repeal of Wisconsin's existing limits on corporate spending in elections. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status.

Wyoming HB 68. Representative Peter Illoway (R-42). Introduced on 2/8/2010. Refers to Citizens United in its repeal of Wyoming's existing limits on independent expenditures. Click here for additional information, including full text and current status

Quotes by Members of Congress on Citizens United

Members of Congress express concern over the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, including support for a constitutional amendment to correct the Court

ALASKA

 

Senator Mark Begich (D-AK-Junior). 1/21/1010. Office of Senator Begich.

Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision on campaign financing is a shameful step backward toward big money special interests exercising too much influence over American political campaigns.

 

CALIFORNIA

 

Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA-14). 1/21/2010. Office of Representative Eshoo.

With this decision, the Supreme Court has thumbed its nose at precedent, at the Congress, and most importantly the will of the people. This is an enormous step in the wrong direction.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-08). 1/21/2010. Office of Speaker Pelosi.

The Supreme Court’s decision represents a step backward for the American people and our nation’s political process.

 

COLORADO

 

Senator Michael F. Bennet (D-CO-Junior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Bennet.

Allowing corporate influence to flow unfettered into federal campaigns will only undermine the confidence the American people have in their government, and serve only to stack the deck further in favor of special interests at the expense of hardworking Americans.

 

CONNECTICUT

 

Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT-Senior). 2/24/2010. Office of Senator Dodd.

Ultimately, we must cut through the underbrush and go directly to the heart of the problem, and that is why I am proposing this constitutional amendment: because constitutional questions need constitutional answers.

Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT-Senior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Dodd.

I intend to pursue every legislative option - including a constitutional amendment to allow Congress and the states to put appropriate limits on campaign spending - to restore the trust and voice of the American people.

Representative Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT-03). 1/21/2010. Office of Representative DeLauro.

With this ill-advised spate of judicial activism, five Supreme Court justices have struck down the distinction between individuals and corporations in election law and opened the floodgates to a hostile corporate takeover of our democratic process.

Representative John B. Larson (D-CT-01). 1/21/2010. Office of Representative Larson.

At a time when the American people are disgusted by the amount of money in political system, the Supreme Court decision today will remove the remaining safeguards that have given the American people a fair voice in government.

 

DELAWARE

 

Senator Edward E. Kaufman (D-DE-Junior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Kaufman.

Despite nearly 100 years of statutes and precedent that establish the authority of Congress to limit the corrupting influence of corporate money in federal elections, the Court today ruled that corporations are absolutely free to spend shareholder money with the intent to promote the election or defeat of a candidate for political office

Representative Michael N. Castle (R-DE-At-Large). 1/21/2010. Office of Representative Castle.

As a strong supporter of campaign finance restrictions, I am deeply concerned by today's Supreme Court decision on Citizens United v. FEC, which will allow unprecedented corporate influence in our elections.

 

FLORIDA

 

Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL-08). 1/21/2010. Office of Representative Grayson.

The Supreme Court in essence has ruled that corporations can buy elections. If that happens, democracy in America is over.

 

HAWAII

 

Representative Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI-02). 1/21/2010. Office of Representative Hirono.

Today’s Supreme Court ruling is yet another nod to the wealthy corporate interests in this country. This ruling now allows big corporations to spend large amounts of money to influence elections far beyond the ability of individual Americans. The free market free-for-all announced by these justices makes me wonder, ‘What’s next?’ If today’s ruling isn’t legislating from the bench, I don’t know what is.

 

IOWA

 

Representative Leonard L. Boswell (D-IA-03). 1/21/2010. Office of Representative Boswell.

I have introduced this important [constitutional amendment] today because the Supreme Court’s ruling strikes at the very core of democracy in the United States by inflating the speech rights of large, faceless corporations to the same level of hard-working, every day Americans.

 

ILLINOIS

 

Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL-Senior). 1/24/2010. Roll Call.

I can’t wait to see my Republican friends who preached against judicial activism explain this decision . . . [which] allows political extortionism.

Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL-Senior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Durbin.

Today’s decision by Supreme Court is a triumph for special interest and judicial activism at its worst. Overturning the ban on corporate spending on political campaigns opens the floodgates for the corrupting influence and the dominant hand of special interest groups

 

INDIANA

 

Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN-Junior). 2/21/2010. Firedoglake.

I can easily imagine vulnerable members approaching a corporation or union for support and being told: "We’d love to support you, but we have a rule. We only support candidates who are with us at least 90 percent of the time. Here is our questionnaire with our top 10 concerns. Fill it out." Millions of campaign dollars now ride on the member’s response. The cause of good government is not served.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA-Senior). 2/2/2010. Office of Senator Kerry.

I think we need a constitutional amendment to make it clear once and for all that corporations do not have the same free speech rights as individuals.

Representative Michael E. Capuano (D-MA-08). 1/28/2010. Office of Representative Capuano.

We should be moving in the exact opposite direction - limiting outside influence in our democratic elections process, not giving corporations an unrestricted and disproportionate voice.

 

MARYLAND

 

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD-Junior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Cardin.

By effectively legislating in areas that Congress has set reasonable guidelines, the Supreme Court is swinging the door wide open for special interests and corporate America to have an even greater influence over our political system.

Representative Donna F. Edwards (D-MD-04). 1/21/2010. Office of Representative Edwards.

As a long-time advocate for campaign finance reform, today’s ruling by the United States' Supreme Court is a devastating step backward in the effort to prevent excessive corporate influence on elections.

Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-08). 1/21/2010. Office of Representative Van Hollen.

This is a very, very sad day for American democracy and this is a very radical, radical decision that came out of the Supreme Court of the United States - a court that said they respected precedent

 

MAINE

 

Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME-Senior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Snowe.

The effects of the decision will be to undermine existing law, flood the airwaves with corporate and union advertisements, and undercut landmark reforms that I and many others fought to secure to put elections back in the hands of the American people. In short, today’s decision was a serious disservice to our country.

 

MICHIGAN

 

Representative John Conyers Jr. (D-MI-14). 1/22/2010. Office of Representative Grayson.

I am looking into any and all avenues to alleviate the harm to the American people that the Supreme Court has done with yesterday's decision.

 

NEW JERSEY

 

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ-Junior). 1/24/2010. Roll Call.

[Today is] a dark day for democracy and a dark day for average citizens.

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ-Junior). 1/24/2010. Roll Call.

If Republicans want to stand with big-monied interests, with-big business interests, versus the average citizen, to try to influence elections, that’s fine with me.

 

NEW MEXICO

 

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM-Junior). 2/24/2010. Office of Senator Udall (Tom).

We have long needed substantive campaign finance reform and I am proud to join Senator Dodd in this effort to amend our Constitution and help put our elections back in the hands of average Americans.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM-Junior). 2/2/2010. CQ Congressional Record.

The best long-term solution is a constitutional amendment that would prevent the Court from overturning sensible campaign finance regulations.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM-Junior). 2/2/2010. CQ.

[The court’s decision was] a victory for special interests at the expense of the average American.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM-Junior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Udall (Tom).

Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for special interests at the expense of the average American.

 

NEW YORK

 

Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY-Senior). 2/11/2010. Roll Call.

“It’s hard to see how Republicans can be against disclosures, disclaimers and [support] foreign influence on our electoral process,” Schumer said. “We expect there will be Republican support.”

Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY-Senior). 2/2/2010. CQ.

[The ruling] has the potential to be disastrous to our democracy.

Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY-Senior). 1/21/2010. Roll Call.

Now robber barons can act like parasites striking at our very roots.

Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-08). 2/3/2010. CQ Congressional Transcripts.

It is a case which poses a great threat to the integrity of our democratic system.

OHIO

 

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH-Junior). 2/4/2010. Office of Senator Brown (Sherrod).

Our government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH-10). 1/21/2010. Office of Representative Kucinich.

Today’s decision will allow corporations to spend unlimited funds in support of political candidates. It will increase the stranglehold corporations now have over politics. There is no more effective way to concentrate even more money and power in the hands of the wealthy

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA-Senior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Specter.

Pending close study of the opinion of the Court, it appears that the only way to solve the problem created by the Court's decision today is through the Constitutional amendment process.

Representative Robert A. Brady (D-PA-01). 2/18/2010. Committee on House Administration.

With the stroke of a pen, the conservative-leaning Supreme Court undermined the ability of everyday Americans to impact the course of American elections. While certain Congressional elements applaud the equivalent of an E-Bay auction of the American election system to the highest bidder, eight out of 10 Americans polled opposed the court’s decision with 65% strongly opposed.

 

RHODE ISLAND

 

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI-Junior). 1/29/2010. CQ Congressional Record.

[The] activist element of the Supreme Court struck down key protections of our elections integrity, overturned the will of Congress and the American people, and allowed all corporations to spend without limit in order to elect and defeat candidates and influence policy to meet their political ends. The consequences may well be nightmarish.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI-Junior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Whitehouse.

Today's disastrous decision is a long step towards government of the CEOs, by the CEOs, and for the CEOs.

 

VERMONT

 

Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT-Senior). 2/9/2010. CQ Congressional Record.

This divisive decision puts the special interests of big oil, banks and insurance companies ahead of the interests of the American people.

Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT-Senior). 1/28/2010. CQ Congressional Record.

I cannot remember a time in my 36 years in the Senate when I have come to this floor to criticize even decisions I disagree with, but this one I am because it goes to the very core of our democracy, and it will allow major corporations, which should have laws written to control their effect on America, to instead control America.

Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT-Senior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Leahy.

This ruling is no doubt yet another victory for Wall Street, at the expense of Main Street America. Our founding document begins, ‘We the People,’ and throughout its articles and amendments, the Constitution enshrines the power of our government in the people, not in corporations and powerful special interests.

Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT-Junior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Sanders.

The ruling will, to a significant degree, give control of the political process in the United States to the wealthiest and most powerful institutions in the world and the candidates who support their agenda. Instead of democracy being about one-person one-vote, it will now be about the size of a company’s bank account.

Representative Peter Welch (D-VT-At-Large). 3/2/2010. WPTZ.com.

Vermont Rep. Peter Welch talked about changes that he thinks are necessary in order to preserve the integrity of voting. "The power of that money is an intimidating effect that is going to compromise the political process and I think compromise folks' already fragile trust in the institution of these elections," said Welch. He also announced his support for a constitutional amendment that would give congress the power to regulate corporate contributions.

 

WASHINGTON

 

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA-Senior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Murray.

Today’s Supreme Court decision is a step backward for democracy. It is a mistake that ignores a century of legal precedent, critical reforms made by Congress, and most importantly, the role of individual citizens in the political process.

 

WISCONSIN

 

Senator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI-Junior). 2/24/2010. The Progessive.

Terrible decision. One of the most lawless decisions in the history of this country and of the Supreme Court. It throws open our political process to huge corporations including foreign money.

Senator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI-Junior). 1/21/2010. Office of Senator Feingold.

The American people will pay dearly for this decision when, more than ever, their voices are drowned out by corporate spending in our federal elections.

Tell Congress: Amend the U.S. Constitution to ensure the government has the authority to limit corporate influence in elections

The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC threatens to tear apart the fabric of our democracy and grant powerful corporations unfettered influence in our political process. Sign PFAW's petition to tell Congressional leaders to amend the Constitution today.

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Representatives John Conyers and Donna Edwards today introduced a proposal to amend the Constitution to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC. People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan said, "John Conyers and Donna Edwards should be applauded for their response to this decision."

PFAW Backs Ban on Foreign Electioneering in Wake of Citizens United

In response to the introduction of legislation by Senator Al Franken that would protect federal, state, and local elections from foreign influence, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker said, "President Obama was exactly right when he raised the threat of undue foreign influence in US elections following the Supreme Court's irresponsible decision in Citizens United v. FEC."

PFAW Applauds Obama for Criticizing Citizens United Decision

In his annual State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama criticized the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v. FEC. People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan applauded the remarks, including the President’s focus on this dangerous ruling.

The Need for Constitutional Amendment in Response to Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United v. FEC

On Thursday, January 21st, in the case of Citizens United v. FEC, 2010 U.S. LEXIS 766,involving Section 441b of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), the U.S. Supreme Court made a radical about-face and reversed long-standing precedent that had previously upheld the constitutionality of the federal law that restricts independent corporate spending in elections.

The Citizens United Decision and How to Fix It

The Supreme Court upended our political system with its decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The decision represents an unprecedented attack on the core democratic values of the Constitution.

People For the American Way Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Undo Supreme Court Decision

In response to today's Supreme Court ruling, which overturned over one hundred years of established law limiting the impact of corporations on elections, People For the American Way called for a constitutional amendment, in addition to legislative remedies, to restore Congress's ability to regulate corporate influence on elections.

Roberts Court Puts Corporate Power above Individual Rights

In response to today's Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, People For the American Way president Michael B. Keegan said, "Today's ruling is yet another example of selective enforcement of constitutional rights by the Roberts Court."
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