Money in Politics

LWV NATIONAL 2015 MONEY IN POLITICS STUDY

 

The national Money in Politics study is divided into two parts: a Constitutional Amendment Study followed by an update review study on Campaign Finance.

Our Larimer County LWV is conducting an important meeting for members on the Constitutional Amendment Study at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7 p.m., on Monday, November 9 at Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Road.   [Note: Please mark your calendar for January 14 when we’ll have the meetings on the campaign finance part of the study at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. at Pathways Hospice. ]

Why is this November 9th meeting important to you and the League? First, you’ll get an overview of subjects and rationales for the 27 amendments to the US Constitution, the two ways to amend the Constitution set out in Article V, and the differences between amendments to the Colorado constitution and US Constitution. Second (and perhaps most importantly), this is a consensus meeting – a grass roots exercise where we advocate for our points of view to the national League.

Two US Supreme Court decisions triggered this LWV national study: (1)  Citizen’s United,  which held that free speech rights under the First Amendment included political expenditures by corporations and other entities, and (2)   McCutcheon which held that imposing certain campaign contribution limits violated First Amendment free speech rights. .

Although these Court rulings triggered the Amendment Study, the scope of the Study is much broader. It has three main topics: (i) what guidelines are needed to evaluate constitutional amendment proposals; (ii) aspects key to calling and conducting an Article V Constitutional Convention; and (3) questions for the League as to balancing processes and developing a national League position statement.

To educate yourself prior to the November 9th meetings, please click this link:

http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/constitutional-amendment-study-guide