California Votes to Overturn Citizens United

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Contact: Keyan Bliss, press [at] movetoamend.org, (916) 318-8040

California Votes to Overturn Citizens United

4.2 Million Voters Support 28th Amendment to End Corporate Personhood and Get Big Money Out of Politics

(Sacramento, CA) – Millions of Voters on Election Day called for a 28th Amendment with passage of Proposition 59, the Overturn Citizens United Act. The ballot measure calls on California’s congressional representatives to propose and ratify a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in 2010’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, allowing the full regulation of campaign spending and to make clear corporations do not have the same constitutional rights as human beings.

Over 4.2 million California voters joined voters in Washington, Ohio, and Wisconsin in approving similar ballot measures supporting a constitutional amendment to firmly establish that corporations are not people with constitutional rights, and that money is not protected free speech so it can be regulated. Over 1.2 million voters approved Initiative 735 by a margin of 64%, becoming the 18th state to join the call. Eighteen municipalities in Wisconsin and two cities in Ohio also passed resolutions calling on Congress to pass such an amendment.

Move to Amend, the national coalition to pass a constitutional amendment, praised the efforts of volunteers across the United States: “We are inspired by the tireless efforts of thousands of volunteers over the last 2 years to achieve this victory in California,” said Move to Amend’s National Director, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. “Millions of voters from the largest state in the country have spoken loud and clear: Congress needs to answer the call to end the illegitimate doctrines of corporate constitutional rights and money equals speech.”

Move to Amend is a rapidly growing national grassroots coalition of over 400,000 individuals and thousands of organizations working to pass a constitutional amendment to make clear that Constitutional rights belong to human beings and political spending is not protected speech under the First Amendment. Their We the People Amendment was introduced in the US House of Representatives on April 29, 2015.

“Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, and Independents overwhelming agree on this issue: we need broad and systemic reforms to establish a genuine democracy of, by, and for the people,” said Sopoci-Belknap. “We are getting larger, stronger, and better organized everyday and with every election cycle. We will only get louder until the leadership of both parties takes action by passing and ratifiying the We The People Amendment.”

Over 600 communities have passed local resolutions and over 300 ballot measures in support of a 28th Amendment. The eighteen states to make similar calls for a constitutional amendment include: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

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