Text of the Citizens United Constitutional Amendment

by Tim Cavanaugh

From Beta.Congress.Gov:

That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the
Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents
and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the
legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:

                              “Article–

    “Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political
equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral
process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits
on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to
influence elections.
    “Section 2. Congress and the States shall have power to implement
and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may
distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other
artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such
entities from spending money to influence elections.
    “Section 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant
Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the
press.”.

 


                                                       Calendar No. 471

113th CONGRESS

  2d Session

                             S. J. RES. 19

Here is the full text of the resolution including an earlier version:

[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[S.J. Res. 19 Reported in Senate (RS)]

                                                       Calendar No. 471
113th CONGRESS
  2d Session
S. J. RES. 19

    Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States
     relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect
                               elections.


_______________________________________________________________________


                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             June 18, 2013

   Mr. Udall of New Mexico (for himself, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Harkin, Mr.
  Schumer, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Tester, Mrs. Boxer, Mr.
Coons, Mr. King, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Franken, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr.
Udall of Colorado, Mr. Johnson of South Dakota, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Reed,
Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Heinrich, Mr. Merkley, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Begich,
Mr. Cardin, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mrs. Hagan, Ms. Mikulski, Ms. Baldwin, Mr.
  Markey, Ms. Warren, Mr. Brown, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Reid, Ms.
     Hirono, Mr. Carper, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Sanders, Mr.
Rockefeller, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Booker, Ms. Heitkamp, Mr. Manchin, Mrs.
McCaskill, Ms. Cantwell, and Mr. Nelson) introduced the following joint
 resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the
                               Judiciary

                             July 17, 2014

                Reported by Mr. Leahy, with an amendment
[Strike out all after the resolving clause and insert the part printed
                               in italic]

_______________________________________________________________________

                            JOINT RESOLUTION


 
    Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States
     relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect
                               elections.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House
concurring therein), <DELETED>That the following article is proposed as
an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be
valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when
ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:

                     <DELETED>“Article–</DELETED>

<DELETED>    “Section 1. To advance the fundamental principle of
political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of the
legislative and electoral processes, Congress shall have power to
regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with
respect to Federal elections, including through setting limits on–
</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    “(1) the amount of contributions to candidates
        for nomination for election to, or for election to, Federal
        office; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    “(2) the amount of funds that may be spent by, in
        support of, or in opposition to such candidates.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    “Section 2. To advance the fundamental principle of
political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of the
legislative and electoral processes, each State shall have power to
regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with
respect to State elections, including through setting limits on–
</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    “(1) the amount of contributions to candidates
        for nomination for election to, or for election to, State
        office; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    “(2) the amount of funds that may be spent by, in
        support of, or in opposition to such candidates.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    “Section 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to
grant Congress the power to abridge the freedom of the press.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    “Section 4. Congress and the States shall have power to
implement and enforce this article by appropriate
legislation.”.</DELETED>
    That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the
Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents
and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the
legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:

                              “Article–

    “Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political
equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral
process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits
on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to
influence elections.
    “Section 2. Congress and the States shall have power to implement
and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may
distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other
artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such
entities from spending money to influence elections.
    “Section 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant
Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the
press.”.

 


                                                       Calendar No. 471

113th CONGRESS

  2d Session

                             S. J. RES. 19

_______________________________________________________________________

                            JOINT RESOLUTION

    Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States
     relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect
                               elections.

_______________________________________________________________________

                             July 17, 2014

                       Reported with an amendment

 

 

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