Join us Tue. Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m. for the 5th Anniversary
Rally/Lobby Day to Reverse Citizens United, Annapolis!
"Pay 2 Play" FREE Screenings co-hosted by GMOM, MCA, Common Cause, and Progressive Maryland
- All 188 members of the 2015 General Assembly
with their positions on amendment resolution
- Read our latest news and announcements
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- Find your Area Team meetings, including first meeting in Southern Maryland on December 16, and other Events
- Two Steps to take after Nov. 4 election
- Sign a petition to Maryland General Assembly Leaders (moveon.org)
- See Video of Sen. Jamie Raskin (below), AU professor of constitutional law, explaining the need for the Democracy Amendment at GMOM's Annapolis forum Sept. 22
- Corporations Get $760 from Gov't for Every Dollar They Spend on Elections
- BUY this new "Get Money Out" T-shirt at GMOM meetings and activities
Progress in Maryland in 2014
Resolution SJ 6, sponsored by Sen. Jamie Raskin (left), was reported on favorably April 7 in the Senate Environment Health and Education Committee on by a vote of 9-2. Resolution HJ 7, sponsored by Del. Sheila Hixson (right), was heard in the House Rules Committee on March 3. Our witnesses pushed on thru snow and ice and the hearing was quite successful. View testimony video (40 min.; begin at 17:45)
... and across the U.S.
Dec 5, 2014, Illinois becomes the 3rd state!
Nov. 4, 2014, Move To Amend Ballots Won in 5 States. May 2, Vermont became the first state to pass a resolution (JRS 27, more) calling for a convention for the 28th Amendment for Free and Fair Elections. California became the second June 23 (AJR 1). Let's make sure Maryland joins them in 2015! READ MORE...
How "We the People" will amend the Constitution:
Corporations are not "people," money is not "speech"
GMOM (Get Money Out – Maryland) is working to get the Maryland legislature to pass a joint resolution formally calling for a Convention of the States (or "Article V Convention") to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution for free and fair elections and overturn Citizens United. When two thirds of the states do likewise, the convention must be convened.
Citizens United v. FEC is the disastrous 2010 Supreme Court decision which ruled that corporations cannot be limited in the amount they spend on elections, because of the Court's constructs of "corporate personhood" -- the common sense-defying notions that corporations have constitutional rights as if they were people, including "freedom of speech" -- and that spending money constitutes "speech." States calling for a convention (for the purpose of proposing amendments) is the key, as spelled out in Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
We believe this is more likely to succeed than trying to get Congress to propose such an amendment in the traditional manner. Sixteen (16) states and over 550 localities have already passed resolutions calling on Congress to propose such an amendment, without calling for a convention of the states. Congress is free to ignore that type of resolution as it always has. Most recently, the U.S. House failed to take action on even a weak bill the Senate passed.
It is hard to imagine an institutionally corrupt Congress could ever propose an amendment seeking fundamental reform too end the political corruption of big money in elections on which they depend so greatly for re-election. All federal legislators won their seats by raising extraordinary sums from special interests in this blatantly corrupt system. Thus tragically, we have already lost our democracy at the federal level. Happily state legislatures are still responsive, for now, to the democratic process and popular pressure. It is clear only states can achieve this kind of amendment, by bypassing Congress and calling for and convening a convention. This convention of the states is key.
Have fun as you make change with fellow Marylanders
Maryland has scores of state legislators supporting passage of a "Democracy Amendment" resolution during the 2015 General Assembly Session. Here are ways you can help us make it one of the first states to formally call for an Article V Convention -- for free and fair elections.