June 11, 2014
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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