News and notes from the movement to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling and all that that implies…
Resolution Passes First Major Legislative Hurdle
Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to limit corporate “personhood” for federal corporate campaign contributions overcame its first major legislative hurdle today, passing the Assembly Judiciary Committee by a vote of 7-2.
Fort, Whitewater pass Move to Amend referenda
Voters in the cities of Fort Atkinson and Whitewater [and Chippewa County] strongly supported a measure supporting the national Move to Amend movement to get a constitutional amendment to rescind the concept of “corporate personhood” and generally curbing election spending by special interest groups.
Corporate personhood is a crazy concept
[The] system only works well when there is real, free-market competition, with no monopolies, no false advertising, and strong government regulation. Smith’s invisible hand works very well for producing and selling cars, houses, cell phones, and household appliances. It often fails to protect employees from exploitation through low wages, long hours, arbitrary plant closings and unsafe working conditions.
Huffman calls for constitutional amendment
A constitutional amendment to restore campaign finance laws voided by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision topped the wish list of panelists at a forum Thursday on election reform hosted by freshman Congressman Jared Huffman.
Students rally against Citizens United
In March, the ASUC Senate voted to place a referendum on the ballot asking students whether they support overturning the Supreme Court’s decision. If a majority of students vote in support of overturning, the ASUC president and Graduate Assembly president will send notice to the president of the United States and California’s congressional delegation annually until both Congress and the California Legislature have passed legislation to address the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Letter: For the sake of democracy
As New Hampshire icon Doris “Granny D” Haddock, the woman who walked across the country at the age of 90 to carry her message for campaign finance reform, said, “Democracy is not something we have, it’s something we do.”