'In Everyone's Best Interests': New Hampshire 20th State to Call for Constitutional Amendment Limiting Political Spending
September 13, 2020 | News | No Comments
New Hampshire on Thursday became the 20th state in the U.S. to call for a constitutional amendment to allow limits on political spending.
The state Senate passed the measure in a 14 to 10 vote, following the lead of the state House, which approved the resolution on March 7.
The resolution, which aims to roll back the infamous Citizens United 2010 Supreme Court case that largely erased any limit on campaign spending, allows for legislators at the state and federal level to “regulate the role of money in elections and governance to ensure transparency, prevent corruption, and protect against the buying of access to or influence over representatives.”
“No such regulation shall be deemed in violation of freedom of speech rights in the Constitution of the United States or its Amendments,” the bill reads.
New Hampshire joins 19 other states and 803 localities in passing a resolution calling for restrictions in political spending—the total amount representing 46 percent of Americans, 141 million people, according to advocacy group United for the People.
Jeff Clements, the president of the anti-corruption advocacy group American Promise, said in a statement that Thursday’s vote represented years of hard work.
“For years, Granite Staters have been working together across party lines, trying to get a constitutional amendment to renew the promise of equal citizenship and effective self-governance,” Clements said. “The unflagging work of so many citizens has paid off.”
Olivia Zink, executive director for Open Democracy NH, said that she was delighted to see the resolution pass.
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