Wolf PAC Petition Calling for a Constitutional Amendment

Summary

We have a problem of corruption here in the United States (see other posts in this section) with multiple causes and manifestations. Money in politics is one major driver, which over our history has led to greater concentration of power which has in turn made money in politics an even bigger problem. Two-party politics, public apathy, and gerrymandering all play a role as well. Many groups are attempting to address it. Several organizations are taking on the problem, including the Mayday PAC (led by Lawrence Lessig), Public Citizen, Move to Amend, Represent.Us, and Wolf PAC, among others. The following is a brief overview connecting the dots to a call for an Article V convention (made possible by the US Constitution).

Particularly in Congress/at the federal level, money has massively corrupted our government such that just about every issue you might care about is dominated by not just special interests, but moneyed corporate interests. Representatives spend more than half their time raising money rather than dealing with the issues (whether that be spending time with other reps, studying the issues, or hearing from constituents). While an increase in voter participation would be a huge help, the money will continue to flow and ...

We have a problem of corruption here in the United States (see other posts in this section) with multiple causes and manifestations. Money in politics is one major driver, which over our history has led to greater concentration of power which has in turn made money in politics an even bigger problem. Two-party politics, public apathy, and gerrymandering all play a role as well. Many groups are attempting to address it. Several organizations are taking on the problem, including the Mayday PAC (led by Lawrence Lessig), Public Citizen, Move to Amend, Represent.Us, and Wolf PAC, among others. The following is a brief overview connecting the dots to a call for an Article V convention (made possible by the US Constitution).

Particularly in Congress/at the federal level, money has massively corrupted our government such that just about every issue you might care about is dominated by not just special interests, but moneyed corporate interests. Representatives spend more than half their time raising money rather than dealing with the issues (whether that be spending time with other reps, studying the issues, or hearing from constituents). While an increase in voter participation would be a huge help, the money will continue to flow and have an out-sized impact. We need a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s decisions that equate money with speech and give all the same rights of natural people to corporations. Congress is unlikely to propose an amendment (though Democrats in the Senate have taken a first step), so the sole alternative under Article V of the Constitution is to have the states (two-thirds of them) call for a limited issue convention to propose an amendment. Once an amendment is proposed by the convention, three-quarters of the states would then be required to ratify it for it to become part of our constitution.

So far Vermont and California have passed resolutions calling for an Article V convention, with several others states getting such a resolution passed in one of their two houses. Last year 10 states introduced the resolution. This year there have been 20.

Wolf PAC is the group leading the effort nationally, in conjunction with groups at the state and local levels, to make this possible.¬†For a more detailed explanation of the problem and Wolf PAC’s approach, take a look at the Wolf PAC flyer. To get involved and learn more, visit wolf-pac.org.

Lastly, here is a video from the Massachusetts legislature in which Lawrence Lessig and other Massachusetts residents make the case:

Leave a Reply

Skip to toolbar