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Amendment

Four videos totaling 15 minutes explain all of CFR28

 3:38 First of four videos describes CFR28’s limit on campaign contributions

3:38 First of four videos describes CFR28’s limit on campaign contributions

 4:35 Second of four videos describes how CFR28 eliminates superPAC advertising

4:35 Second of four videos describes how CFR28 eliminates superPAC advertising

 3:21 Third of four videos describes two exceptions to CFR28’s contribution limit and why public financing alone won’t work

3:21 Third of four videos describes two exceptions to CFR28’s contribution limit and why public financing alone won’t work

 3:28 Last of four videos describes how CFR28 prevents getting around this reform

3:28 Last of four videos describes how CFR28 prevents getting around this reform

Proposal Highlights

Stop wealthy donors from controlling our candidates and getting special favors. That's our purpose, but it's not easy to do while preserving our First Amendment rights.

If we only needed to limit direct contributions to candidates, we'd be okay with just Section 1 of our amendment. Our real challenge is to limit other Super PAC ad "donations". The genius of our amendment is that it protects free speech while regulating advertising.  Our definition of advertising (in subsection 2.3) creates clear, enforceable limits on advertising without threatening other information or opinions about candidates. Here's an overview:

  • Only citizens can contribute to candidates. Citizens are limited to no more than $440 to each candidate for each primary or general election--an amount that will adjust with inflation. Citizens can contribute only to candidates who are running to represent them.

  • Additional public financing is allowed, but not required.

  • Independent advertising is prohibited unless it is sponsored by a citizen for less than the $445 limit. Advertising is defined as any messages intended for people who do not expect or want to see them, regardless of source or content.

  • Any person or organization can otherwise say anything, in any medium, about candidates. However, they must identify themselves if they use media to advocate for or against candidates.

To see a more detailed explanation of the amendment click here.