Kucinich wants Constitution to require that taxpayers fund all federal
January 23, 2012
amending the U.S. Constitution to the uphill battles undertaken by
Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
announced Thursday that he’s seeking a Constitutional Amendment that
require that all campaigns for U.S. President, Vice-President, House of
Representatives, and Senate be paid for exclusively by taxpayers. His
also would block outside expenditures on behalf of any candidate.
He said the
measure is needed to counteract a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows
groups to spend unlimited amounts on political campaigns. He says that
has put American democracy “on the auction block.”
corporate private financing, we have officials working for the interest
corporations,” said a statement from Kucinich. “With public financing,
officals working for the public. And public financing will actually
taxpayers’ money, by elimniating any incentive of public officials to
campaign contributors with taxpayer subsidies.”
campaigns are already partially funded by the U.S. Treasury. More than
million in tax dollars funded Kucinich’s unsuccessful White House bids.
part of the Constitution, an amendment must obtain two-thirds support
U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and be ratified by three
all state legislatures. The Constitution also sets forth a procedure
amending the Consitution at a “Constitutional Convention,” but it has
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