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October 5, 2012

Limiting political spending on ballot

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By contrast, Sathasivam, 45, asserts that such a Constitutional amendment would be pointless. Corporations, he points out, contribute to candidates on both sides of the aisle, and to both liberal and conservative causes. “Many of President Obama’s biggest donors are corporate people,” he notes. “People from Wall Street. (Billionaire financier) Warren Buffett just gave $1.2 million to an Obama super PAC.”

Independent super PACs allow corporations to support ballot issues and candidates without breaking laws that sharply limit the amounts that can be given directly to their campaigns.

Sathasivam points to the workers and managers at corporations to make the point that they certainly are people. Meanwhile, he sees transparency as the solution to unease over spending by corporations. People should know who’s doing the spending, he says.

A constitutional amendment requires two-thirds votes in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate as well as ratification by two-thirds of the legislatures of the states. Two-thirds of the state legislatures can also call for a constitutional convention to amend the document, but the process has not been used since the original constitutional convention in 1787.

 

 

 

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