The Carolina Mercury, June 8 – NC House lawmakers file resolution calling for constitutional convention to overturn Citizens United
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers filed a resolution Thursday calling for an Article V Convention of the States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to remove the influence of money in politics.
Colorado Public Radio, June 6 – Colorado election officials deny Citizens United film petition
Colorado election officials denied a petition from conservative group Citizens United to be exempt from financial reporting requirements for a documentary they’re making about Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in the lead-up to his re-election bid. The Secretary of State’s Office ruled Thursday that Citizens United cannot be considered news media that is exempt from campaign reporting requirements.
The Daily Signal, June 5 – ACLU Rejects Amendment to Corral Campaign Spending
Democrats pushing for a constitutional amendment that would give government the authority to regulate political spending by outside groups will do so without one traditional ally at their side. In a letter submitted Tuesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union expressed opposition to the amendment, saying it would “lead directly to government censorship of political speech and result in a host of unintended consequences that would undermine the goals the amendment has been introduced to advance.”
OpenSecrets.org, June 3 – Senate Hearing on Citizens United Amendment: Resources and Context From CRP
Tuesday’s hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United v. FEC highlighted the ramifications of that decision on U.S. politics and elections since the Court announced it in January 2010. The Center for Responsive Politics takes no position on the measure, but we do offer data to provide context for the debate.
Right Wing Watch, June 3 – The 10 Most Absurd Arguments Against The Udall Citizens United Amendment
While good-government groups have been calling for a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s dismantling of campaign finance laws since the day the Court handed down Citizens United in 2010, the issue has been largely off the radar of conservative activists – and has actually enjoyed broad bipartisan support in an array of polls and in state and municipal ballot measures. It was largely off their radar, that is, until this week.
National Law Journal, June 2 – ‘Money Is Speech’ Was Never Spoken (op-ed)
The issue here is not the efficacy of money. By that, the primary issue is not whether money makes a difference in terms of who is elected or who has political influence. One could debate forever whether money buys influence or corrupts. This is where the legal debate over campaign finance is wrongly centered. The issue should be whether money should at all be the criterion by which political power or influence is allocated.
Law360.com, May 22 – Citizens United Sues NY AG Over Tax Disclosure Demand
Citizens United said Wednesday it has sued New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman over his demand that the famed group file unredacted tax forms detailing confidential donors, in a free-speech and privacy challenge to the top prosecutor’s effort to shine light on political spending. The group said the New York City federal court lawsuit challenges Schneiderman’s demand that Citizens United and its Citizens United Foundation file a complete copy of their IRS Form 990 Schedule B, which lists names, addresses and contribution amounts of top donors, with the New York State Charities Bureau.
Journal Standard, May 21 – Illinois one step away from calling for US Constitutional Convention
The resolution passed the Illinois Senate, 37-15, and passed the House Judiciary Committee, 9-7. A three-fifths majority in the House is required for it to pass. Legislators on the committee wondered how a convention would impact the status quo.
Wisconsin State Journal, May 14 – Court: Wisconsin campaign finance laws went too far
“Like other campaign-finance systems, Wisconsin’s is labyrinthian and difficult to decipher without a background in this area of the law,” Judge Diane Sykes wrote for the court. Part of the problem, she said, was that state law had not kept up with recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions limiting the government’s power to regulate political speech.
Battleboro Reformer, May 5 – Vermont first state to call for constitutional convention to get money out of politics
On Friday Vermont became the first state to call for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which precipitated a flood of cash into politics.
Politico, May 1 – States are now targets of ‘Citizens United’
A Democratic group with ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been quietly working to enforce the controversial Citizens United decision at the state level. General Majority PAC, created last year by longtime Reid Senate chief of staff Susan McCue, has won legal challenges in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over the past year to enforce the Supreme Court ruling permitting unlimited corporate and union spending.
June 3 – American law professor, Jamie Raskin, told senators on Tuesday that even defenders of the Supreme Court rulings have agreed that laws to prohibit outright bribery are constitutional and necessary.
April 30 – Justice John Paul Stevens’ Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee
March 6 – Rep. John Sarbanes speaking on the House floor about his solution to big money in politics