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Cobb: Amend Constitution to limit money in politics

votegreenDavid Cobb, who was the 2004 Green Party presidential nominee, writes at The Huffington Post about Move To Amend, an effort to pass a constitutional amendment that would state that “the rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only,” require federal, state, and local governments to “regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures,” and state that “the judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment,” among other clauses.

Cobb writes, “Corporations are not merely exercising political power today — they have become de facto ruling institutions.” He says that “money equals political speech is the equally odious court-created doctrine that holds that making a political contribution or spending money to influence an election is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.”

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