Nancy Pelosi: We need to revise that whole ‘free speech’ part of the Constitution

Doug Powers by Doug Powers on April 21st, 2012

This is article 52 of 113 in the topic Free Speech

Nancy Pelosi had better hurry, because if her chances of getting two-thirds of both the House and Senate to agree to a constitutional amendment are practically zilch now, they’re going to be zilchier after November’s elections.

From CNS News:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday endorsed a movement announced by other congressional Democrats on Wednesday to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress to regulate political speech when it is engaged in by corporations as opposed to individuals.
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Pelosi said the Democrats’ effort to amend the Constitution is part of a three-pronged strategy that also includes promoting the DISCLOSE Act, which would increase disclosure requirements for organizations running political ads, and “reducing the role of money in campaigns” (which some Democrats have said can be done through taxpayer funding of campaigns).

The constitutional amendment the Democrats seek would reverse the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In that decision the court said that the First Amendment protects a right of free speech for corporations as well as for individuals, and that corporations (including those that produce newspapers, films and books) have a right to speak about politicians and their records just as individuals do.

Will Pelosi’s amendment also regulate union “speech” by putting an end to Big Labor’s Super PAC spending and campaign contributions? (rhetorical question — don’t waste time answering)

Precisely what would Nancy’s revised amendment contain? Come on, she’s not going to give it away — you have to vote to ratify it in order to find out what’s in it:

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