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Millions of Voters Demand Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

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Grassroots campaigns with the lofty goal of amending the US Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court's landmark 2010 Citizens United ruling got a thumbs up from millions of voters across country on Election Day.

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Kit B (276)
Friday November 9, 2012, 10:08 am
(Photo Credit: Rally at Montpelier, Vermont, January 20 protesting the Ciizens United v FEC Ruling. (Photo: Rob Lehmert / Public Citizen)

Grassroots campaigns with the lofty goal of amending the US Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court's landmark 2010 Citizens United ruling got a thumbs up from millions of voters across country on Election Day.

Voters approved ballot measures in two states and more than 120 cities in several states calling upon legislators to pass an amendment to the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United ruling that unleashed the deluge of unfettered campaign spending that helped make 2012 the most expensive election season in history.

The ballot measures faced little organized opposition, and voters approved every measure placed on ballots by campaign finance reform activists across the country. In several cases, 70 percent to 80 percent of voters supported the measures.

The ballot measures and resolutions are non-binding, and it remains to be seen if elected officials will heed the wishes of voters and initiate the long march toward amending the US Constitution to restore campaign finance limits like those shattered by the Citizens United ruling.

Reformers, however, say the millions of voters who supported the ballot measures make it clear that Americans are fed up with endless streams of negative campaign ads and the record amounts of money spent on political campaigns that increasingly come from mega-wealthy and even secret donors.

"It's time to get the money out of politics, and the voters back in," said Aquene Freechild, senior organizer with Public Citizen's Democracy Is for People campaign.

In Colorado, voters approved Amendment 65 by a margin of nearly 74 percent to 26 percent. Amendment 65 instructs the state's congressional delegation to propose and support a constitutional amendment allowing Congress and the states to limit campaign contributions, and also instructs the state legislature to support such an amendment. Thirty-eight state legislatures are needed to ratify an amendment to the Constitution.

A similar statewide initiative passed in Montana with support from 75 percent of voters.

Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court stood by its Citizens United ruling and threw out a 100-year old Montana law banning corporate spending in state elections. Meanwhile, Montanans have watched an unfolding scandal surrounding a right-wing group called American Tradition Partnership that has challenged campaign contribution limits in court while facing allegations of illegal electioneering during the 2010 election.

"The Rocky Mountain rebellion that began in Montana is spreading, and folks in Washington had better pay attention,"" said Derek Cressman, who leads the Amend 2012 campaign for Common Cause, one of two main progressive groups that worked to place the measures on ballots.

Chicago voters approved an amendment measure by 74 percent, and local resolutions were passed in 120 cities and towns across Massachusetts. Local measures also passed in cities and towns in Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and California.

"The fact that voters in red Montana, blue Massachusetts, and purple Colorado all agree that Citizens United has to go tells you something very profound about the American values we all hold in common and how hopelessly out of touch the Supreme Court is with them," Cressman said.

A recent Associated Press poll found that 81 percent of Americans support limits on corporate campaign spending and a vast majority who have heard of Citizens United believe the decision has had a negative effect on elections.

Move to Amend, another group the placed measures to overturn Citizens United on the ballots in a list of cities, has pledged to abolish "corporate personhood."

In the Citizens United ruling, the Supreme Court majority argued that limiting donations to outside campaign groups such as super-PACs by corporations and unions was a violation of the First Amendment. Opponents such as Move to Amend say the court in effect granted free-speech rights normally enjoyed by persons to corporations and created "corporate personhood."

By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report |


Roseann d (178)
Friday November 9, 2012, 10:38 am
It would be interesting to see what the GOP would do when forced to vote on CU. Well, maybe now that it's failed them, it won't be such a dilemma for them.

Robert S (111)
Friday November 9, 2012, 11:15 am
They won't want to give up the ability to spend unlimited amounts of dark money. Rove will tell them what to do and say about this loss. He is already saying that they lost because the left suppressed their vote. This is his patented formula of farting, jumping up, and pointing at others. Perhaps that's why they call him Turd blossom.
They are also saying they lost because their candidate was not extreme enough. If they believe that, then they probably think that not enough money was spent.

Arielle S (313)
Friday November 9, 2012, 11:20 am
Saw a t-shirt that said, "Ill believe corporations are people when Texas executes one." Perhaps Texas should start with Karl Rove.....

Past Member (0)
Friday November 9, 2012, 11:30 am
This is excellent news. The only problem, besides the sheer gravity of altering the Constitution, is the sheer difficulty of getting it actually done. It is going to take a lot of people applying a lot of pressure for some time in as many states as possible, especially since the status quo in power is reluctant to change the system as it is. Keep on pushing. Get this issue on the next ballots. Pester the fool out of your representatives. And, keep up the good work until you are blue in the face. Time and patience are on our side.

Robert B (60)
Friday November 9, 2012, 12:25 pm
The days of the Corporate Bully are numbered. with this election the people have pushed back! We have to Keep pushing!

Kit B (276)
Friday November 9, 2012, 12:42 pm

Only if we keep the pressure on and write and call those obstructionist....letters, emails, postcards and phone calls. Remember, that phone calls are all registered in a log book. Stay current with what is happening in the website - know what each bill says and when it is coming to a vote. save it and use it!

Craig Pittman (52)
Friday November 9, 2012, 1:18 pm
Thanks Kit for this very positive piece of news. This looks like democracy in action. It really does require vigilant follow up though. Good going for all those who voted for this and to those who keep up the pressure.

Kit B (276)
Friday November 9, 2012, 1:43 pm

Just a quick newsy update: Gen. David Petraeus resigned as CIA director Friday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement. *** The cause for the Friday resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus was an extramarital affair, an intelligence source confirmed to POLITICO.


Angelika R (143)
Friday November 9, 2012, 2:00 pm
Thanks Kit, heard/read/saw both news already. I was thrilled to learn the vote results from the Movetoamend email and was very irritated to hear about Petraeus on CNN a while ago. I wonder what/who is behind that ...somehow I don't trust the "official story" .
And yes, the push for overturning CU must be as strong as Sandy! And continuous!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday November 9, 2012, 3:29 pm
You may be interested in an e-mail I just sent to President Obama, Vice-President Biden, Rep. Jim McDermott and Senators Maria Cantwell {who just got re-elected} and Patty Murray. That's 5 e-mails I just sent; with slight modifications for each recipient.
These e-mails concern Voter Suppression, not Citizens United; but that is part of the same thing! {In those e-mails I am restricted as to number of words, however.}
You can write e-mails too, and look up your Congresscritters' e-mail addresses. Usually, I write snail-mail letters, or rather postcards, I think they might get noticed. This was a "special occasion". I contact my Congresscritters and the Prez, about every week, by one means or another!
Here is what I have just sent off, 5 times:

[To Senator Maria Cantwell]
Congratulations on your re-election!
This is the basic content of a message I have just sent to the President and to the Vice-President, regarding this and future Election Processes:

To President Obama:
Congratulations, Mr. President! This shows that all the Rethuglicans' lying and fearmongering, bigotry, homophobia, misogyny, hatred, and DISRESPECT FOR THE TRUTH - did NOT WORK! Altho in 30 States, the Rethugs tried to tamper with the Voting Process! No doubt they will keep trying, as it is the ONLY way the Rethugs could hope to even come close to winning! Thank you for mentioning the "long Voting lines" - one of their tactics to suppress Voters. It is a DISGRACE that in a technological society such as ours, we can't have an efficient, transparent and fair Voting Process! We MUST DO AWAY WITH VOTING MACHINES - as Ireland and Germany have gotten rid of THEIR machines! We must NOT deprive Women and Transsexuals who may change their names, Voters of Color who may be racially profiled, College Students and the Elderly who may not have Drivers' Licenses, by restrictive Voter ID laws, depriving them of their inalienable Right to Vote! We must ensure AS LARGE A TURNOUT OF VOTERS AS POSSIBLE - not restrict it, as the Rethugs want to do! We must be SURE that EVERY Vote is counted {and for the PROPER Candidate or issue!}. And, of course, we must ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS RIGHT AWAY; and NOT wait 2 years until the last moment! I know you will make this a PRIORITY; even before your next Inauguration! Thank you again for mentioning the long lines. We expect the Democrats to NOT take this blatant chicanery of the Rethuglicans, by lying down and rolling over {as they have done before}. The Whole World Is Watching. Best wishes to you and to your lovely, inspiring Family for another 4 years.
This is the essence of the message that I have just sent off to Pres. Obama and Veep Biden. I expect ALL DEMOCRATS TO SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE! Grrrrrrrrr! Right NOW!
Thank you when you're working for ME and your Constituents, and not for the disgustingly greedy Plutocrats!
Sincerely and with Hope, Barbara Tomlinson.


Again, this went out, with slight variations, to Obama, to Biden, to McDermott, to Cantwell, and to Murray.

As I stated above, if we want to SAVE THE VOTING PROCESS, we HAVE - TO - START - RIGHT - *NOW*; and NOT wait another 2 years or another 4 years till the last minute!
The Repukelicans will use EVERY MOMENT between RIGHT NOW and the next elections, in 2014, to SUBVERT THE VOTING PROCESS as they tried to do and largely failed, THIS time!!!
If Voting were FAIR, Repukelicans would quickly find themselves a TINY MINORITY PARTY -- especially if MONEY AND THE LIES THAT MONEY BUYS were taken OUT of future Elections!!!
The Repukes have NOTHING ELSE to offer.... and the American Voter REJECTS Homophobia, Misogyny, Bigotry, Hate, Fearmongering, rejects them by large and INFORMED Majorities.....!

Susanne R (235)
Friday November 9, 2012, 10:05 pm
The squeaky wheel gets the oil --so we have to keep on making noise until they can no longer ignore it and decide to do something about it! At least with President Obama in office for four more years, we don't have to worry about the Supreme Court leaning any further to the right insofar as any new appointments are concerned.

jan b (5)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 5:49 am
Hells bells, if the Fairness Doctrine were still in effect, smarmy talk jerks like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck....Bill O'Reilly and those on Fox News would dry up and die.


Chris C (152)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 9:25 am
When Obama mentioned fixing the voting system during his acceptance speech, I cheered!

I was STILL getting Romney RoboCalls the afternoon of the election! Couldn't believe the desperation! We MUST get Citizens United overturned! We've got to keep up the pressure to limit campaign money.We STILL elected Obama despite the voter suppression and the dark money but we must get this fixed NOW so it doesn't happen again!

TomCat S (128)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 10:00 am
I support this, but it won't get through 2/3 ofd the state legislatures. We are more likely to get it done by keeping Democrats in the White House until at least two of the Fascist Five are gone, and SCOTUS returns to following the Constitution.

Patty O'Neal (0)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 11:51 am
we need to have citizens united overturned. we need to keep the pressure on them so this is overturned ASAP. It is ridiculous the amount of money spent on this election. Imagine if the money spent on this election was used instead to bring down the deficate or towards rebuilding the areas hit by Sandy.

Jane H (139)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 12:29 pm
' I m in, for sure...Loved Arielle's comment!

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 2:14 pm
Let's look at this from a practical standpoint. Huge, Right-leaning corporations poured billions of dollars into the economy through Super-Pac ads, which helped in the recovery, which helped get Obama re-elected. So in a sense, Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers helped re-elect the President, all the while pissing off half the country and blowing a boatload of money in the process. The ads were certainly irritating, but maybe CU isn't so bad if it encourages Conservatives to pay through the nose to cut their own throats.

Robert S (111)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 2:53 pm
Your idea makes me smile Mike, but sadly..we may not be able to count on the same result every time.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 6:27 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. So glad to read that we're now up to 120 cities...last I read, 9 states had signed on so far. We are progressing forward, but need to push Congress on this amendment. With help from Obama, this could be a reality very soon!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 8:35 pm
Good luck with that,, it's been tried
Funny how it's coming again now though.
I hear Texas senators want to pull Texas out of the United States.
Talk about spoiled children

Sheryl G (360)
Monday November 12, 2012, 1:52 pm
Citizens United was the worse ruling ever and we've had some bad ones like Dred Scott and Korematsu vs.United States.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Monday November 12, 2012, 3:02 pm
This has to be priority #1! We, as a collective voice, have the power and the motivation to make this happen. All across the country people are saying the same thing. Get dark money and SuperPACs out of our elections. No matter what it takes, we have to push harder than ever before if we ever want to have fair elections. We have to take advantage of the time we have to make our voices not only heard but heeded. America must take back its own.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 12, 2012, 11:13 pm
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