The book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, is to be released on April 22, 2014. Of the amendments Justice Stevens proposes, one would reform the current campaign finance system. It reads:
Neither the First Amendment nor any other provision of this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit the Congress or any state from imposting reasonable limits on the amount of money that candidates for public office, or their supporters, may spend in election campaigns.
This amendment is similar to
- the Pelosi/Sarbanes “Government By The People Act” [H.R. 20]
- the McGovern/Udall “People’s Rights Amendment” [H.J. Res. 20/S.J. Res 19]
both of which would restore the authority of Congress and the states to limit campaign gifts and spending in all categories.