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House Joint Resolution

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA SESSION 2015
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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION _______________________________________

Sponsors:
Referred to:
1 A JOINT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT CONGRESS PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT
2 TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION TO OVERTURN THE UNITED STATES
3 SUPREME COURT RULING IN CITIZENS UNITED V. FEDERAL ELECTION
4 COMMISSION CONCERNING CORPORATE CAMPAIGN SPENDING.
5 Whereas, on January 21, 2010, the United States Supreme Court, by a five to four
6 decision, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, overturned important provisions
7 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, as well as earlier Supreme Court decisions,
8 and swept away a century of tradition barring corporate spending in elections in the United
9 States; and
10 Whereas, the United States Supreme Court’s ruling holds that corporations are
11 people with free speech rights under the United States Constitution and may engage in
12 unlimited corporate spending on elections; and
13 Whereas, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has unleashed the use of
14 corporate money into the political process unmatched by any campaign expenditure totals in
15 United States history; and
16 Whereas, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission presents a serious and
17 direct threat to republican democracy; and
18 Whereas, the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission grants
19 excessive power to corporate and union interests and threatens to overwhelm the voices of
20 individual citizens in the political process; and
21 Whereas, Article V of the United States Constitution empowers and obligates the
22 people and states of the United States of America to use the constitutional amendment process
23 to correct those egregiously wrong decisions of the United States Supreme Court that go to the
24 heart of republican democracy and self-government; and
25 Whereas, artificial entities, such as corporations and labor unions are legal entities that
26 governments regulate, and the privileges they enjoy under the United States Constitution should
27 be more narrowly defined than the rights that are afforded to human persons; and
28 Whereas, the people and states of the United States of America have strengthened
29 the nation and preserved liberty and equality for all by using the amendment process
30 throughout the history of the nation, including seven of 10 decades of the twentieth century,
31 and through that process have reversed seven erroneous Supreme Court decisions;
32 Now, therefore,
33 Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
32 SECTION 1. that the North Carolina General Assembly calls on Congress to propose
33 an amendment to the Constitution that would affirm that:
34 (a) the rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural 35 persons, i.e. human individuals, only and
36 (b) the spending of money to influence elections is not protected free speech under the 37 First Amendment; and

General Assembly of North Carolina Session 2015
1. (c) The privileges of artificial entities such as corporations, limited liability companies,
2. labor unions, for profit and not for profit, and other entities and shall not be construed
3. to be inherent or inalienable and are subject to regulation by the People, through
4. Federal, State, or local law, and
5. (d) Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of
6. the press.
7. SECTION 2. The Principal Clerk shall transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the
8. members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation.
9. SECTION 3. This resolution is effective upon ratification.

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