Rep. Rick Larsen endorses constitutional amendment to curb corporations’ political activities

Dec 13, 2011

The Bellingham Herald

By John Stark

December 13, 2011

Via a Facebook post, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen has announced co-sponsorship of H.J. Res 90, which would roll back the wide-ranging political rights of corporations as recognized under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

H.J. Res 90 would “expressly exclude for-profit corporations from the rights given to natural persons by the Constitution of the United States, prohibit corporate spending in all elections, and affirm the authority of Congress and the States to regulate corporations and to regulate and set limits on all election contributions and expenditures.”

Larsen’s Facebook post says: “I am usually wary about amending the Constitution because it is such a strong document. However, when individual rights are being diluted, strengthening those rights is the only remedy. That is why I am cosponsoring the House version of Senator Bernie Sanders’s amendment (H.J. Res. 90) to overturn the Citizen’s United decision. Corporations are not individuals and should not have political rights of individuals.”

Larsen’s Facebook announcement was getting praise from Bellingham and Whatcom County individuals who are generally less than enthusiastic about the 2nd District Democrat.