HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Lawmakers and lawyers gathered at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg to discuss a new report on money in Pennsylvania politics.
It comes like “For our freedoma group pushing to “put power back in the hands of American patriots” released a report on the impact of large sums of unobtainable money on policymaking in Pennsylvania versus public needs.
The report comes after one of the most expensive primary elections in Pennsylvania history with competitive races for the U.S. Senate and governorship.
According Average purchase, which tracks politics finances, the U.S. Senate Republican primary saw $55.4 million in television and radio ad spending. Honor Pennsylvania, a pro-David McCormick group, spent nearly $18 million on the primary.
According Federal Election Commission FilingsDemocratic Senate candidate John Fetterman received nearly $16 million in contributions, the most of any U.S. Senate candidate from Pennsylvania.
More than $22 million has been spent on television and radio ads in the Republican gubernatorial race, the majority by projected third place Bill McSwain.
Organizers, including American Promise’s Jeff Clements, are pushing to create a 28th Amendment to “get this money out of control in our politics,” including so-called “dark money.”
“Black money is the kind of money that funds all of this attack advertising, the divisive stuff,” Clements said. “You don’t know where the money is coming from. It’s coming from Super PACS, it’s coming from outside interests, it’s coming from global corporations, it’s even coming from foreign governments now.
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FEC that corporations have the ability to spend money on elections and speaking out by endorsing or rejecting a candidate through First Amendment protections. of freedom of expression.
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Clements called the decision a “disastrous mistake” that led to more money and misinformation in politics.
To pass a constitutional amendment, the U.S. Constitution states that an amendment may be proposed either by Congress with a two-thirds majority vote of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, or by a constitutional convention requested by the two-thirds of the state legislatures. .
A constitutional amendment has not been passed in the United States since the 27th Amendment in 1992 which decided “No law, altering the remuneration for the services of Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives intervened.”
Dennis Owens will have more tonight on the push to clean up the money in Pennsylvania politics.