The Democracy For All amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that aims to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The 2010 ruling essentially allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence political campaigns, leading to an influx of "dark money" and unequal influence in elections.
Passing this amendment would have a significant impact on the political landscape, particularly in terms of creating a more level playing field for all candidates. By limiting the influence of wealthy donors and corporations, candidates who may not have had access to significant financial resources in the past would have a greater chance of competing in elections.
This idea of a level playing field was a key principle for many of the Founding Fathers, including James Madison, who wrote in Federalist No. 10, "The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government." He recognized the importance of balancing interests and ensuring that no single group or individual had an undue influence on the political process.
Similarly, John Adams wrote in a letter to George Wythe in 1776, "The rich, the well-born, and the able, acquire an influence among the people that will soon be too much for simple honesty and plain sense, in a house of representatives." He recognized the danger of unequal influence and the importance of preventing it.
Benjamin Franklin also expressed a desire for a level playing field, stating in a letter to Robert Morris in 1783, "The rich should not be able to buy more votes than the poor." He believed that all citizens should have an equal say in the political process.
The Constitution itself also reflects this principle of a level playing field, stating in Article I, Section 2, "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature." This emphasizes the importance of the people's vote in the political process.
Passing the Democracy For All amendment would align with the principles of many of the Founding Fathers, who recognized the importance of preventing unequal influence in the political process. By creating a more level playing field, all candidates would have a greater chance of competing in elections, and the people's votes would have a greater impact on the outcome of those elections.