Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) reintroduced a constitutional amendment this week to reform campaign finance laws that would take the influence of big money out of our government and give power back to the individual.
"This amendment to our constitution to protect the voice of the people has never felt more crucial," said Rep. Schrader. "We are a democracy of the people, by the people and for the people -- that means the leaders we elect should be given their power by the individual, not by big money. The core foundation of our democracy relies on the power in the voice of the people. It's long past time we give that power back."
The amendment would give Congress the ability to regulate campaign contributions to candidates running for federal office as well as how they spend their funds on advertisements. The amendment would also give that same control to the States for state-wide elections. Additionally, the amendment would prohibit any foreign agents or citizens from contributing to candidates for any public office, or spending money in any way intended to influence the outcome of elections in the United States. Congressman Schrader first introduced his constitutional amendment on June 15, 2010 in response to the Citizens United vs FEC Supreme Court decision on January 21, 2010.