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pinsky.jpgSo Close, but No Maryland Resolution in 2015

We came very, very close to an amazing victory April 13 before the gavel marked the end of the 2015 General Assembly. GMOM volunteers and supporters had again made a heroic effort we should all be proud of, breaking our all-time phone banking, lobby visit, and attendance records. We succeeded in lining up majority support in both chambers and were closing in on victory. With one week to go, the Senate floor passed SJ 2, our full Democracy Amendment Resolution as we intended, 29-18 on April 8. Then suddenly surprise opposition emerged to threaten the House votes...
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Our 2015 sponsors: Del. Sheila Hixson (left) and Sen. Paul Pinsky (right)


Progress Nationwide: Four States Pass Amendment Resolutions!

RaskinFour states so far - Vermont, California, Illinois and New Jersey have passed binding resolutions in both chambers calling on Congress to call an Article V amendments convention of the states. Thirty more are needed. Let's ensure Maryland joins them in 2016!


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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.
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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.

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interesting article than you from europe
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Lets get this done..
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