California voters are poised to become the largest electorate to decide whether to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

California Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced a bill, AB 644, Wednesday to put a measure on the state’s 2014 ballot urging Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 Citizens United ruling, which lifted restrictions on political spending by corporations and labor unions. Independent spending in federal elections has exploded since the ruling.

“It’s one thing for a legislator to say he wants this,” Wieckowski said. “It’s another thing for Congress to have direct instruction from the voters. There comes a tipping point where people are upset with billionaires having a disproportionate impact on our electoral system.”


2 thoughts on “Citizens United: Calif To Become Largest Electorate To Vote On Constitutional Amendment

  1. Didn’t Montana do this as well? I can’t recall if it stood up or was overturned.

    Solutions to issues like this and gun control are being led by the states it seems.


    • Montana’s century-old law restricting campaign financing by corporations was struck down last year by the courts (http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/25/nation/la-na-court-montana-20120626).

      Since then, Montana has joined scores of other states and localities that have passed various measures to reverse SCOTUS’ 2010 Citizens United decision (it’s a long list: http://www.united4thepeople.org/local.html). I believe Hawaii was the first to call for a constitutional amendment.

      My state legislature (Washington) is working on a bill now, and a similar one was just introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives.

      This bipartisan movement is gaining steam all over the country, and has many highly regarded people supporting it – like Lawrence Lessig and Jeff Clements. Still, it will be a difficult achievement.

      Unfortunately, the media isn’t interested in covering this fundamentally important effort.


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