by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Elizabeth Slattery
The Heritage Foundation
June 10, 2014
Frustrated with the Supreme Court’s consistent defense of the First Amendment, the Left is driving a movement that would amend the Constitution to allow Congress to limit fundraising and spending on political speech. Supporters of this amendment claim that restricting the amount of money that may be spent on political speech and activity is not the same as limiting speech itself, yet the Supreme Court has repeatedly found otherwise. Limiting spending on political communication necessarily affects the quantity and quality of that speech. Rather than “level the playing field,” this constitutional amendment would protect incumbents and violate a fundamental right of Americans.