Resolution Supporting H.J.RES.90 and S.J.RES.33

WHEREAS H.J.RES.90 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on 11/18/2011 by
Rep Theodore E. Deutch [ D – FL-19], and

WHEREAS H.J.RES.90 is titled
“Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to expressly exclude forprofit
corporations from the rights given to natural persons by the Constitution of the United
States, prohibit corporate spending in all elections, and affirm the authority of Congress and
the States to regulate corporations and to regulate and set limits on all election contributions
and expenditures.”

WHEREAS H.J.RES.90 is currently co-sponsored by
• Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [ D OR-4] 12/2/2011
• Rep Ellison, Keith [ D MN-5] 12/8/2011
• Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [ D FL-23] 12/2/2011
• Rep McDermott, Jim [ D WA-7] 12/2/2011

WHEREAS S.J.RES.33 was introduced in the U.S. Senate on 12/8/2011 by Sen Bernard Sanders ( I VT), and

WHEREAS S.J.RES.33 is titled
“A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to
expressly exclude for-profit corporations from the rights given to natural persons by the
Constitution of the United States, prohibit corporate spending in all elections, and affirm the
authority of Congress and the States to regulate corporations and to regulate and set limits on
all election contributions and expenditures.”
WHEREAS S.J.RES.33 is currently co-sponsored by Sen Begich, Mark [ D AK] 12/8/2011
WHEREAS The U.S. Supreme Court in a case titled Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission,
558 U.S. 08-205 (2010), 130 S.Ct. 876 (2010), in a controversial 5-4 decision, struck down the
Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA, McCain–Feingold Act, Pub.L. 107-155,
116 Stat. 81, enacted March 27, 2002, H.R. 2356, and
WHEREAS in a stunning violation of the judicial principle of Stare Decisis, the 5-4 decision of the
U.S. Supreme Court also overturned the Tillman Act of 1907 (34 Stat. 864) (January 26, 1907)
which was the first legislation in the United States prohibiting monetary contribution to national
political campaigns by corporations, and was well-settled law and precedent, and

WHEREAS free and fair election campaigns are the foundation of our electoral democracy.
Our elections must remain uncorrupted by the undue influence of unlimited corporate financial power,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Clark County Democratic Central Committee shall, by
letter, urge Senators Murray and Cantwell to co-sponsor S.J.RES.33 and support its passage.

Submitted to the Clark County Democratic Central Committee on December 12, 2011
Howard Leighty, PCO 335, LD49

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