California took another bold step toward undoing the damage wrought by the Citizens United decision on Tuesday as the state Assembly Judiciary Committee passed Joint Resolution 22, which calls for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision. The measure will now go to the floor of the Assembly for a vote.
This places California in a growing list of states determined to put the power of democracy squarely back in the hands of its citizens. Similar resolutions have already appeared in Massachusetts, Vermont and Maryland, Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, New York and others. All in all 16 states have introduced or passed similar resolutions.
And the movement is just starting. The week of June 11 the non-partisan good government group Public Citizen will lead a campaign to pass hundreds of other similar resolutions at the local level.
The people have had enough.
The 2010 midterm congressional elections were swamped with corporate cash. To date, more than $90 million of outside spending has been recorded thus far for the 2012 elections. A record amount of money – some say as much as $8 billion – is likely to be spent on this year’s federal election cycle, with a large amount of that coming from corporations.
California’s lawmakers should do everything they can to support those efforts. Passing this resolution quickly would be a great start.
To learn more about Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign visit here.
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