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‘The Moral High Ground’: Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) Introduces O.C.C.U.P.I.E.D. Amendment to Ban Corporate Money in Politics

For those who don’t believe that the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement is having any positive effect, I give you Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and the Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy (OCCUPIED) Amendment, a constitutional amendment that would ban corporate money in politics and end corporate personhood.

Rep. Deutch, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, says OCCUPIED would overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, which effectively declared that corporations are people, money is free speech and therefore corporations could spend as much money as they pleased to influence the outcome of U.S. elections via Super PACs and other dubious vehicles. The OCCUPIED amendment would reestablish Congress and the states as the rightful regulators of campaign finance laws and strip corporations of their ability to influence our nation’s elections through profuse campaign spending.

In a statement provided to ThinkProgress, Rep. Deutch wrote:

“No matter how long protesters camp out across America, big banks will continue to pour money into shadow groups promoting candidates more likely to slash Medicaid for poor children than help families facing foreclosure. No matter how strongly Ohio families fight for basic fairness for workers, the Koch Brothers will continue to pour millions into campaigns aimed at protecting the wealthiest 1%. No matter how fed up seniors in South Florida are with an agenda that puts oil subsidies ahead of Social Security and Medicare, corporations will continue to fund massive publicity campaigns and malicious attack ads against the public interest. Americans of all stripes agree that for far too long, corporations have occupied Washington and drowned out the voices of the people. I introduced the OCCUPIED Amendment because the days of corporate control of our democracy. It is time to return the nation’s capital and our democracy to the people.”

Rep. Deutch’s OCCUPIED amendment is an idea whose time is long overdue. Unfortunately, its got about as much chance of passing as Herman Cain taking a geography test. Still, the undeniable fact is that the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement has had a definite effect on political discourse in this country, and that’s a pretty damn good start.

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