Today is a day of protest against the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling which created the current mess of anonymous, unlimited independent expenditures in federal elections. Nationwide demonstrations, under the banner of Occupy The Courts, will be taking place outside, despite the winter’s cold.
Occupy protesters can take some consolation from the fact that some action is also taking place on the inside. This week, U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced H. J. RES. 100. The legislation, would, if passed, begin the process of the ratification of a constitutional amendment to require all federal political campaigns to be funded solely from public sources. Even candidates’ own money could not be used for campaigns. Independent expenditures, under this proposed constitutional amendment, would be prohibited.