A liberal-backed constitutional amendment aimed at controlling political spending would gut the First Amendment and silence free speech, Heritage Foundation experts Hans von Spakovsky and Elizabeth Slattery report.

The goals of the amendment are clear:

This amendment would give Congress the power not only to limit contributions to candidates, but also to limit the amount that the candidates could spend on an election campaign. Further, it would give Congress the authority to limit the amount that any individual, association, union, or corporation (both for-profit and nonprofit) could spend independently in support of or in opposition to a particular candidate.

Fortunately, America’s Founding Fathers provided Article V of the Constitution in order to make passing amendments extremely difficult and to safeguard liberty from the “fleeting passions” of the people. That means an amendment will prove to be an “uphill battle” for those trying to restrict free speech in America.

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Comments (17)

Oscar HARDAWAY - June 12, 2014

I think this bill is a preposterous attack on freedom and speech. Should this ever pass our country is doomed.
Stalin would have loved for it to have been passed in his
time – it’s part of his ability to rule the Soviet.

Mary Long - June 12, 2014

I am not in favor in the amendment. I am appalled that such an amendment is even considered. The President has eviscerated the constitution and now the liberals are trying to muzzle free speech.

Stan Leinonen - June 12, 2014

The Constitution is about limits on government, not empowering government to put limits on the people.

Charles DeGraff - June 12, 2014

The democratic party is working hard under Obama to silence free speech and have the government control all aspects of citizens lives. they fought against freeing the slaves and now want to enslave the entire population under entitlements and regulations to usurp their vote.

Roger Lague - June 12, 2014

I am totally opposed to this amendment as it will silence the conservative voices in our Country while the liberal media has no such restraints. The liberal media will continue to spew their propaganda sadly labeled as “news”.

Ted Peck - June 12, 2014

The Democrats will do anything to increase their chances for votes. They will find a way to get financial backing.

terry chambers - June 12, 2014

This bill would fulfill its desired intent, to stifle free speech in this country! any rules in it would be ignored just as all others are with our current kabul. they want to shut down any speech from the citizens. that’s all that this is about. period!

Douglas Perle - June 12, 2014

Well lets see, Congress, the Senate and Mr. O’bama want our guns. Now they want to limit free speech by limiting the financial end for free Americans and free companies. They want to tell us what we can and can’t do as Americans over and above the Constitution. These Professional Politicians need to go period. We need laws limiting the term of Senators and Congressmen to two terms, no more Professionals vote grabbers, just to get reelected. No more violators of our Constitution.

Robert R. Cuminale - June 12, 2014

To quote Ted Kennedy(!!) “The Bill Of Rights has never been changed and now is not the time to do it”. The states demanded the Bill Of Rights as a statement of the minimums needed to preserve a free state. To allow the Federals to modify any part of it is the beginning of a slippery slope that would lead to modifications to all 10 amendments. This is the beginning of banana republic action where a new constitution is written by ever new president. I am sure the impetus for this action is coming from the President who has little of any respect fo the Constitution and Reid is just playing the part of his lackey. Everyone should immediately contatct his Representative and Senator to stop this attack on our rights.

Debbie Smith - June 12, 2014

I feel so frustrated and frightened by what is happening in DC. The people who think they own this country are corrupt. It is hard to trust anyone there. I feel almost hopeless because most of the people are ignorant and believe whatever the media spins without doing research to find out if it’s true or not. Is there any hope whatsoever that America with come out of this downhill spiral and land on her feet again?

henry wollman - June 12, 2014

This is a bad idea. What they should do is limit who can contribute to those could be eligible to vote. For house, only people and companies within the district. For senate only those within the state, for president anyone in the country. No foreign money, no Hollywood money affecting Oklahoma, sorros money either.

Richard Perkins - June 12, 2014

The liberal establishment is concerned about some of the people waking up to the fact that they, the progressive/liberals, are destroying this once great Nation. This has often been said “I love my Country, but I don’t trust my government!”

Marilyn Hodgell - June 13, 2014

This ammendment is against the Constitution and our
free speech rights… gov’t should not have individual control over someone giving money to certain people.

MaryVotesR - June 13, 2014

I agree with all the previous comments. We already have the disastrous McCain/Feingold law which does nothing to limit bogus foreign contributions or other real abuses. All it does is prevent the candidates from soliciting small donations. Every dollar collected MUST have a name and address attached to it. So passing the hat at a neighborhood meet and greet is now a crime, unless information and amounts are recorded.

Penny Bonadonna - June 13, 2014

It boggles my mind that any lawmaker of this country could even think of introducing such an amendment. This strikes at the heart of what has always made us free and perhaps envied around the world. If it should ever pass, the United States as it has been known, would cease to exist.

Anne Woods - June 14, 2014

I think this is entirely wrong an should not pass under any circumstances. It is verifying my need to check every senator or representative’s voting record to see which ones are liberal or Democrats so I will NOT vote for them in the upcoming elections. No more destruction of our Constitution should be allowed by Congress, but which of any of them have done anything about impeachment of our Pres.Obama for his illegal actions? NO, NOT ONE!!

Thomas E Collin - June 14, 2014

Hell no, that’s a direct attack on the Constitution and should not be allowed. It’s bad enough try to keep ahead of the 2nd Amendment violations by this administration but striking at the 1st Amendment is step 1 to doing away with the Constitution as a whole and then what, Hello, Emperor DIctator Obama…..SO NO.

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