Amendment 28 to the U.S. Constitution: To Affirm the Rights of Natural Persons, to Bar Corporate Campaign Contributions to Candidates for Federal Office, and to Direct and Grant Authority to Congress to Implement an Equitable Plan for the Public Funding of Federal Elections

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(Original Signature of Member)

112th CONGRESS
1st SESSION
H. J. RES. _______________

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to affirm that only natural persons enjoy the rights enumerated by the U.S.  Constitution,  including the right to freely elect their representatives to government; and to create, fund and regulate a publicly funded electoral system for federal offices.
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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

The CITIZENS of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, through Senator/Congressman ____________________ introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on ________________
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JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to expressly exclude corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of the United States, of any state, or of any foreign state, from the rights granted to natural persons by the Constitution of the United States; and to further prohibit corporate contributions to any federal elections, neither directly to candidates nor to national party committees;  and to affirm the authority of Congress and the States to regulate corporations; and to grant to Congress the authority to institute and regulate public funding of federal elections, including as may be appropriate,  any eligibility requirements, and/or limits to contributions or expenditures,  that are allowed to private citizens, including candidates.    By this document the citizens hereby resolve that money is not speech, and corporations are not persons.
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Resolved by the CITIZENS of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and presented to the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States of America in Congress assembled (three-fourths of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within twelve [12] months after the date of its submission for ratification:

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“SECTION 1. We the people hereby ordain that only natural persons are invested with the inalienable rights granted by their Creator, as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

“SECTION 2.  No entity that is formed by law,  rather than by nature, such as a corporation, a limited liability corporation, a partnership, or any foreign corporation, shall retain the rights granted to natural persons, under the U.S. Constitution.

“SECTION 3.  Since only natural persons retain the right to elect representatives, entities not identified as a “natural persons” in SECTION 2. of this Amendment, shall be prohibited from making monetary contributions, nor any in-kind expenditures, to any federal election campaign, nor to any national party for the purpose of its direct influence upon any candidacy for federal elections.

SECTION 4.  Congress is hereby granted the authority to institute and fund a plan for the public funding of federal elections, which may also include eligibility requirements, and/or limits to contributions and expenditures that may be made by private citizens, including any candidates who seek federal office.

“SECTION 5. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the people’s rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association and all such other rights of the people, which rights are inalienable.”

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