From: The Honorable Richard M. Nolan
Sent By:
joe.stanoch@mail.house.gov

Date: 1/23/2017

We the People Amendment

Join us.  It’s time for Congress to Act. 

Corporations are not People.  Money is not Speech.

Dear Colleague:

I ask you to join me in an effort to return our government to the framework intended by the Founders and co-sponsor the “We the People” Amendment to amend the US Constitution to make it clear that only natural persons possess inherent inalienable
constitutional rights and that the expenditure of money is not protected speech.

Most Americans believe our political system is broken. Polling data consistently demonstrates that Americans believe that money is corrupting our political process, and that large corporations are exercising far too much power in society. In these polarized
times, this belief is shared by Democrats, Republicans and Independents. It is one of the few policy areas where there is a genuine consensus.

The United States is supposed to operate as a democratic Republic. Where “We the People” are sovereign, and that elected representatives cannot pass laws that violate the inherent and inalienable rights protected by our Constitution.

The legal doctrines of “money equals political speech” and “corporate constitutional rights” were both created by Supreme Court decisions—examples of judicial activism. The question of how to best protect the integrity of elections and the proper role of
the corporation in society are political questions, and according to our system of government should be addressed by elected representatives, at the local, state and federal level. When the Court illegitimately turns a political question into
a Constitutional question, they transform “We the People” from active, sovereign participants into mere spectators.

Our approach has overwhelming support of the American people. Over 80% of Americans support this approach when surveyed. Over 650 jurisdictions at the local and county level have passed Resolutions in support of abolishing these doctrines. Even more telling
is that the issue has been placed on the ballot in over 350 communities, and won every single time. And these referendums have won everywhere—rural, suburban, and urban. It has also won in areas considered conservative, liberal
and moderate.

The American people want action. To become an original co-sponsor of the joint resolution, please contact Joe Stanoch in my office at joe.stanoch@mail.house.gov

Sincerely,

 

Richard M. Nolan

Member of Congress