California Introduces Resolution To Overturn Citizens United
California has become the latest state to introduce a resolution urging Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the 2010 campaign finance ruling Citizens United.
Two Assembly Democrats, Michael Allen of Santa Rosa and Bob Weickowski of Fremont submitted their resolution. It came the same day Occupy protesters announced they would target more than 80 courthouses nationwide, including some federal courts in California, to protest the decision and are scheduled one day before the second anniversary of the ruling, which has led to a surge in corporate campaign spending.
“A lot of us believe the Supreme Court ruling has thrown us out of balance,” Allen said. “It’s a system that’s out of whack, and for democracy to function well, everybody needs a voice and not to have some voices drown out the others because of overwhelming resources.”
Public Citizen, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy organization worked with Weickowski to develop the resolution calling for the constitutional amendment and is organizing efforts to urge California legislators to pass the measure.
If California passes the measure, it will follow Hawaii and Vermont in standing up against the decision.
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