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5 Ways the Supreme Court Was Wrong in Buckley v Valeo

January 29, 2016 Allie Boldt Demos ( After the Watergate scandal, Congress passed FECA, a comprehensive set of reforms to limit the role of big money in politics. But 40 years ago, on January 30, 1976, the Supreme Court struck down a large portion of those reforms in a case called keep (


What About Article V Conventions, How Do They Really Work?

written by MPMTA historian, Rich Harisay; Their objection centers around the mythical fear that such a convention could become a runaway convention. The book by Weber and Perry (cited in bibliography below) puts this myth to rest. It is also pointed out that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a right wing organization, has published a handbook instructing legislators and others in how to promote such a convention and even gain control of it. The objectors' conclusion is to avoid having such a convention. That does not make any sense; if someone (or group) is going to try to control such a convention, we want to be there to oppose such an attempt. Better yet, let's have ours first so that we can establish the rules for such conventions since one has nev...


HJM 201 is stuck in the House Rules Committee, Please Help With Calls to Break it Loose

HJM 201, is stuck in the Rules Committee, Please take urgent action to break it loose; we have enough supporters to pass it but its being held up for a vote to pass it in the House Rules Committee. The bill has been assigned to the House Rules committee and must be moved from there to the House floor for a vote. When it passes the House it will go to the Senate Rules committee for a similar vote and then to the full Senate. Currently, 6 of the 9 House Rules committee members have sponsored HJM 201.


Urgent Notice for an Oregon Rules Committee Hearing on the MTA /Wolf PAC measure, HJM 201 Wed Feb 10

The MTA /Wolf PAC measure, HJM 201 (, will be heard by the Oregon State House Rules Committee Wednesday Feb 10th at the Salem Capitol building, Hearing Rm. 50 at 3 PM. Please help MTA and Wolf PAC right the gregious wrongs about big money buying our political system and corporate personhood and insure a fair election system. Support HJM 201 ( through your attendance tomorrow or a quick email or call to your Oregon State Representative, the House Rules Committee members, or submit your written testimony to the Rules committee. It would be very influential for you to attend the hearing as you did when we sponsored and passed HJM 6 in 2013. If you cannot atte...


IP 77 Ready for Signatures, Lets Get the Money Out

The Oregon Progressive Party has begun actively collecting signatures on a new statewide initiative petition (IP 77). This petition would: * allow Oregon to join the ranks of 46 other states with limits on money in the political process, and * ensure that the actual sources of that money are disclosed to the public. Oregon is the only state whose constitution has been interpreted to prohibit limits on contributions and expenditures to influence the outcome of elections, be they candidate elections or initiatives/referenda. As a result, Oregon elections are among the most expensive in the nation. The Oregonian reports that only New Jersey campaigns are more expensive on a per capita basis. The chief petitioners are: Liz Trojan, State Council, Oregon Progr...


Move to Amend's Proposed 28th Amendment to the Constitution


Section 1. [Artificial Entities Such as Corporations Do Not Have Constitutional Rights]

The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

Artificial entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.

The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

Section 2. [Money is Not Free Speech]

Federal, State, and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate's own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that no person gains, as a result of their money, substantially more access or ability to influence in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.

Federal, State, and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.

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