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April 25, 2024

ABA Task Force Submission: A Constitutional Amendment to Address the Corrosive Influence of Money in the American Political System

ABA Task Force Submission: A Constitutional Amendment to Address the Corrosive Influence of Money in the American Political System

April 25, 2024
Published By American Promise
Updated April 2024: American Promise has submitted a working paper to the American Bar Association Task Force for American Democracy, recommending a constitutional amendment to address the problem of money in American elections

Originally published on November 6, 2023, this updated final version of our ABA Task Force Submission was submitted April 24, 2024, and incorporates extremely helpful feedback that we received from members of our legal network over the past several months.

According to its mission statement, the ABA Task Force for American Democracy is charged with producing a report that will “provide an analysis of the root causes for today’s threats to our democracy and rule of law, and recommend actions to be taken to restore, protect, and preserve our democracy and the rule of law.” In fulfilling its charge, the Task Force will consider “ways to maximize voter confidence and participation in our democratic process,” including “potential changes in federal, state, and local practices, laws, and constitutions to meet these ends.”

In this Working Paper, American Promise invites the Task Force to consider and recommend an amendment to the United States Constitution that would address the fundamental structural factors that have been deeply undermining Americans’ confidence and participation in self-government.

You can read our full submission here as submitted on April 24, 2024.

The ABA Task Force should recommend an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that permits the States and Congress to reasonably regulate money in campaigns, elections, and ballot measures.

The idea to amend the Constitution to address the problem of money in American elections is not new. The concepts and constitutional principles are well-developed. Versions of such an amendment have been proposed by Democrats and Republicans in Congress since the post-Watergate reforms were struck down by the Supreme Court in Buckley. And just recently, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences endorsed such an amendment as a reform necessary to secure equality of voice and representation in the 21st century.

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