00 SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8
01 Urging the United States Congress and the President of the United States to work to
02 amend the Constitution of the United States to prohibit corporations, unions, and other
03 organizations from making unlimited independent expenditures supporting or opposing
04 candidates for public office.
05 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
06 WHEREAS a vast majority of Americans recognize that the influence of large
07 contributions by corporations, unions, and other organizations harms the ability of average
08 citizens to have a voice in their own government; and
09 WHEREAS the narrow majority five to four decision of the United States Supreme
10 Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), allows
11 corporations, unions, and other organizations to make unlimited independent expenditures
12 supporting or opposing a candidate for public office; and
13 WHEREAS unlimited independent expenditures from corporations, unions, and other
14 organizations were prohibited until the ruling of the United States Supreme Court in Citizens
15 United v. Federal Election Commission; and
01 WHEREAS much of the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by corporations,
02 unions, and other organizations since the ruling of the United States Supreme Court in
03 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is used for negative ads, which often
04 misinform voters rather than lead to a productive discussion of the states' and nation's most
05 important issues; and
06 WHEREAS, unless the United States Supreme Court reverses its ruling, the only way
07 to reverse the harmful effects of the Citizens United ruling is to amend the Constitution of the
08 United States;
09 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States
10 Congress and the President of the United States to work across party lines to propose a
11 constitutional amendment to prohibit corporations, unions, and other organizations from
12 making unlimited independent expenditures.
13 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of
14 the United States; the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S.
15 Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska
16 delegation in Congress; all other members of the 113th United States Congress; and the
17 presiding officers of the legislatures of each of the other 49 states.