In what will likely be more of an exercise in free speech than a resolution that gets passed, U.S.. Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota has introduced a wish list of campaign finance reforms into the House of Representatives.
Nolan’s Restore Democracy Resolution, dropped in the legislative hopper Thursday, proposes a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that gave corporations the same standing as individuals when it comes to campaign spending. The Democrat’s resolution, which seems likely to die in committee in the Republican-controlled chamber, also seeks to limit political advertising to 60 days before an election. It calls for creation of “a small donor and public finance system for Congressional elections, which will ensure that Congress is responsible to voters instead of well-financed special interests.”
If that were not enough to turn off GOP leaders, Nolan wants online voter registration. Other initiatives include getting rid of strangely shaped congressional districts that insure the dominance of one party and not allowing floor votes on any measure that has not been heard and passed out of a committee.
“The likelihood that any of this becomes the law of the land in this congress is not good,” Nolan admitted to the Star Tribune. “But the public support for these things is there, and it is important to put it down in black and white.”