Proposed Campaign Finance Amendment by John House

                                                    A RESOLUTION [or BILL]
in support of an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America to provide for regulation of political campaigns and elections,   promote transparency in and protect the integrity of the election process, prevent foreign influence in and preclude undue or unfairly disproportionate influence upon elections due to the effect of money.  

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), that the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:

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“Section 1. The federal, state and local governments shall regulate political campaigns for public office and ballot measures, and election processes and procedures. Such regulation shall set reasonable, financial limits upon the individual and aggregate amounts of contributions and the amounts or in-kind value of expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures. Such regulation may also distinguish between human beings and corporations and other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such artificial entities from spending money or providing in-kind benefits to influence elections or ballot measures.

“Section 2. Laws, regulations and rules made pursuant to this article may establish the timing of elections and electioneering communications, and the duration of political campaigns. They may limit the total amount of money that may be spent in an election and on a ballot measure, limit or prohibit the spending of money by nonresidents to influence state and local elections, limit or prohibit the transfer of money donated to one campaign to another, and establish public campaign finance regimes. They may also enact any other measure reasonably calculated to advance any of the intents and purposes of this article.

“Section 3. The federal, state, and local governments shall also enact laws requiring all donors of campaign contributions and campaign expenditures, and all candidates, political parties, political committees or other recipients thereof, to report to the appropriate governmental authority(ies) information sufficient for the people to know the true identities of the financial supporters and opponents of candidates and ballot measures, and what amounts are being contributed or expended by them. Governmental authorities charged with collecting such information shall publicly disclose it in a timely and easily accessible manner, and in a clear and easily understandable format.

“Section 4. The federal, state and local governments shall also enact laws vesting in the governmental authority(ies) charged with the effective administration and enforcement of laws enacted pursuant to this article the requisite power and authority to do so and providing to them sufficient financial and human resources to accomplish their tasks.”

John L. House
Santa Fe, New Mexico