Peoples Protection and Corporate Accountability Amendment

  1. Congress shall have the power to regulate and limit the raising and expenditure of money by candidates and other individuals, groups and organizations in the context of federal, state, and local elections, provided any such regulations treat all candidates for the same office equally, treat all individuals not seeking a particular office equally, and treat all organizations equally.    Any laws passed and regulations issued pursuant to the powers named in this Article shall not distinguish among candidates, individuals, groups or organizations based on party political affiliation.   The authority of Congress granted in this Article shall extend to services, gifts, and contributions of any description that any person, group, or organization might make to a candidate, a political party, a group or any organization in the context of federal, state, and local elections, or any expenditures that a candidate might make or any other person, organization, or group might make on a candidate’s or a organization’s behalf in the context of state, federal, or local elections.
  2. All members of Congress shall publish on the first Monday in August each year a complete list of contributions of money, services, gifts or other donations they have received from any sources. This list shall refer by name to any person, group, organization or other entity making a donation or donations in money or any other form that have a total cumulative value of $5,000.00 or more.   Intentional, reckless, or negligent failure to comply with this requirement shall be a federal criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000,000 and up to six months imprisonment. Offenses against this provision may be considered high crimes or misdemeanors for purposes of impeachment.
  3. Rights described in this Constitution as belonging to citizens, persons, and the people shall extend only to natural persons.
    1. All federal statutes passed after this Article is ratified shall commence with a preamble explaining the purpose of the statute, and the constitutional source of authority enabling Congress to enact the statute.
    2. Before either House of Congress votes on a bill or resolution, the presiding officer in each House shall require members present to vote to signify whether they have read the Act in its entirety, and their votes shall be recorded.  Only when there is a quorum present in the House or Senate and at least one half the members present in that Chamber shall vote to signify that they have read the bill or resolution in its entirety in its current form, may that Chamber proceed to vote to pass or not pass the bill or resolution.
  4. The House of Representatives and Senate shall appoint a Joint Committee or Committees to ensure that each administrative agency of the government is acting to fulfill the responsibilities assigned to it by legislation.  The Committee charged with ensuring that any agency is fulfilling its responsibilities assigned by law shall hold public hearings and publish a report concerning that agency’s fulfillment of its statutory mission not less than once every ten years.
  5. Provided a quorum is present, neither House of Congress may require any vote by super majority at any stage for a bill or resolution to go forward or pass unless the Constitution expressly requires such super majority.   Whenever the Senate shall vote on a question of ratifying a treaty or confirming an appointment to office or when trying an impeachment, no super majority vote shall be required at any stage of the process except as specified in the Constitution.
  6. All members of Congress shall publish on the first Monday in August each year a complete list of all assets, investments, holdings, business partnerships and relationships from which they have or could stand to benefit from both financially and politically.  This list shall refer by name to any person, group, company, organization or other entity to which they have financial ties with which they have invested and shall include the exact value of each asset.   Intentional, reckless, or negligent failure to comply with this requirement shall be a federal criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000,000 and up to six months imprisonment. Offenses against this provision may be considered high crimes or misdemeanors for purposes of impeachment.