Model Municipal Resolution Version 2

Model Campaign Finance Reform Resolution for  Municipalities 

[Version 2: without invalidation of corporate constitutional rights]

 

 [Town, City or County] OF __________

 STATE OF NEW MEXICO 

 

RESOLUTION ________

A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF ELECTIONS AND SECURE FOR ALL AMERICANS THE RIGHT TO EQUAL REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNMENT

WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence acknowledges the self-evident truths that all people are created equal, born with certain unalienable rights, including the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness;

WHEREAS, it was the intent of the framers of the United States Constitution for it to protect these unalienable rights of human beings from corruption and usurpation, and to enable effective self-government by a free people;

WHEREAS, our state and federal constitutions and system of representative, democratic government are founded on the principle of equal citizenship, and reject the allocation of political power based upon wealth, standing or privilege;

WHEREAS, certain rulings by the Supreme Court of the United States and by lower courts predicated on them have erroneously changed the meaning of the First Amendment, without consultation of the States or the People, so as to enable virtually unlimited political spending with impenetrable “free speech” protections;

WHEREAS, restricting the ability of the federal, state and local governments to impose well-reasoned, appropriate limits upon political contributions and spending has allowed wealthy individuals, corporations, unions, other artificial entities and unincorporated special interest groups to spend vast, virtually unrestricted amounts of money to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens and thereby unduly and disproportionately influence elections, candidate selection, and policy decisions affecting national, state and local interests;

WHEREAS, the current practice of unrestricted long campaigns serves only to exacerbate the problem of the unrestricted spending of money over long periods of time;

WHEREAS, even-handed, well-reasoned, effective limits on the role of money used to influence outcomes of elections  and limit the lengths of campaigns are necessary, among other purposes, to (1) secure the rights of all of the citizens of our nation to be represented and participate in elections and self-government, regardless of wealth, standing or privilege; and (2) protect the integrity of elections and government against the undue influences of foreign interference and concentrated economic capital, whether of corporations, unions, other artificial entities or unincorporated special interest groups; and

WHEREAS, Article V of the United States Constitution empowers and obligates the people and States of the United States of America to use the constitutional amendment process to protect and defend the Constitution and secure our liberties;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the [Name of governing body] of [name of town, city or county], State of New Mexicon,hereby calls upon the United States Congress to propose and send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to make clear that Congress and the States have the power, authority and obligation to regulate and limit the amounts of money collected and spent in elections and for referendums and ballot measures, the timing of electioneering communications, and the length of campaigns for election to public office, in order to protect the integrity of such elections and secure the equal rights of all American citizens to representation and participation in government, regardless of ownership or access to money; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a suitable copy of this resolution be prepared and submitted to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Minority Leader of the United States Senate, and to each member of the New Mexico congressional delegation.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the [name of the governing body] of the [name of the town, city or county], State of New Mexico, on this _____ day of ____________________, 20__.

 

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ATTEST:

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[Printed Name]

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[Title]

 

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

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[Printed Name]

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