California Striking Back Against Citizens United

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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Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush5 years ago

Our Supreme Court would be laughable, if it wasn't so agonizing. Other counries, must wonder, how far back in time, SCOTUS wants to take us? I sympathize with the minority of the rational and intelligent thinkers, who must put up with the bi-partisan majority.

Heaven help us, if the voters lose their sanity and don't re-elect President Obama.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer5 years ago

Thom S
I think some should have 25 to life

Sue H.
Sue H5 years ago

We can hope! Legalized Corruption is Not Pretty.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan5 years ago

Supreme cout judges should not have life terms.

Ra Sc
Ra Sc5 years ago

I'm glad this is being worked on. That was a terrible Supreme Court decision.

John R.
John R5 years ago

Ask your "We're people, too" corporation to sign a petition of any kind. As far as I understand, a proxy signature is NOT valid on a petition.

Don Lukenbill
Don L5 years ago

SuperPACs don't coordinate with candidates? What a joke. This is by far the worst SCOTUS decision ever. It is a national travesty and embarassment.

robin d.
robin d5 years ago

some how I don't think that the current congress would pass this amendment as the bulk of the contributions go to them! the voters need to pay attention to the stands taken by their "representatives" and vote out those who are more concerned with what big business wants than what the people want.

John Mansky
John Mansky5 years ago

Thank you for the article...