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113TH CONGRESS 1ST 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, and Mr. UDALL of Colorado) introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections. 1 Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives

2 of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two3 thirds of each House concurring therein), That the fol4 lowing article is proposed as an amendment to the Con5 stitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all
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6 intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when 7 ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several 8 States:
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2 1 2 ARTICLE SECTION 1. To advance the fundamental principle

3 of political equality for all, and to protect the integrity 4 of the legislative and electoral processes, Congress shall 5 have power to regulate the raising and spending of money 6 and in-kind equivalents with respect to Federal elections, 7 including through setting limits on 8 9 10 11 12 13 (1) the amount of contributions to candidates for nomination for election to, or for election to, Federal office; and (2) the amount of funds that may be spent by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates. SECTION 2. To advance the fundamental principle

14 of political equality for all, and to protect the integrity 15 of the legislative and electoral processes, each State shall 16 have power to regulate the raising and spending of money 17 and in-kind equivalents with respect to State elections, in18 cluding through setting limits on 19 20 21 22 23
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(1) the amount of contributions to candidates for nomination for election to, or for election to, State office; and (2) the amount of funds that may be spent by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.

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3 1 SECTION 3. Nothing in this article shall be con-

2 strued to grant Congress the power to abridge the freedom 3 of the press. 4 SECTION 4. Congress and the States shall have

5 power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate 6 legislation..

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