By Robert A. Vella
New York has become the 17th U.S. state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn democracy-destroying rulings in recent years by the U.S. Supreme Court such as Citizens United v. FEC. These blatantly corporatist rulings have triggered a flood of money, often undisclosed and untraceable, into America’s political system which have further corrupted it and generated growing distrust among the populace.
Two other states, Washington and California, will put similar measures before their voters on the November ballots.
From The Huffington Post – Big Win for Democracy in New York:
… the people of New York scored a significant victory for democracy in the United States by officially becoming the 17th state on record in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn disastrous Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United. This decision, among others, has created an out-of-balance system that allows powerful corporations and other wealthy interests to spend unlimited amounts of money to buy access and influence to advance their political agenda at the expense of everyone else.
This landmark accomplishment in New York comes as the result of a multi-year effort to encourage legislators in the state Senate and Assembly to sign onto a formal letter calling for such an amendment.
From WAMEND – Yes on 735:
Initiative 735 is a grassroots movement to make Washington State the
17th18th state in the country to ask Congress to overturn Citizens United.
in 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v FEC that corporations and unions could spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates. It has led to obscene amounts of money being poured into elections. It’s part of the reason why the amount spent on elections by campaigns and outside groups grew 555% from 1984 to 2014.
People who can’t afford exorbitant donations are being pushed out.
From The Sacramento Bee – ‘Citizens United’ question going on California ballot in November:
California voters will get a chance to weigh in on the role of money in politics, with Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday concluding an advisory ballot measure’s long odyssey.
The measure has no binding legal force. It asks whether elected officials should “use all of their constitutional authority,” including proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to reverse the United States Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which helped unleash a torrent of campaign money.
That would allow elected officials to make a statement on whether to “allow the full regulation or limitation of campaign contributions and spending, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of wealth, may express their views to one another, and to make clear that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as human beings,” the measure reads.