Louisville group joins nationwide call for constitutional reform to campaign finance

01/19/2013 03:24 PM

George Schuhmann, a retired lawyer from Louisville, first got involved in politics two years ago when he was inspired to get money _out of politics.

Schuhmann organized a rally Saturday — one of more than 100 across the country — aimed at highlighting the need for campaign finance reforms.

The roughtly two-dozen protesters who joined Schuhmann in downtown Louisville support amending the U.S. Constitution to bar corporate donations in the U.S. political process and to undo the precedent set by the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case. But the group isn’t expecting this to happen overnight.

“It’s a wonderfully complicated jurisprudential undertaking to do that job,” Schuhmann told Pure Politics. “So it’s going to take some time to get the wording right.”

One of the speakers at the small rally, state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, has filed House Concurrent Resolution 6 in which the General Assembly would call on Congress to propose a 28th Amendment to the Constitition.

Schuhmann said the goal is to lobby lawmakers to pass that resolution, if not in 2013, during the 2014 session.

And the effort could need money to fight money. Schuhmann said he hopes the group he has formed, calling itself Citizens Voices, can put together a Political Action Committee to raise about $25,000 to help fund lobbying efforts.

Here are some highlights of some the remarks from Marzian and Richard Beliles, the Louisville attorney and chairman of Common Cause Kentucky:

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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