January 7, 2016

Overturning Citizens United update

Nation -  Sixteen states have already formally requested that members of Congress support an amendment to effectively overturn the US Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission—the most egregious of a series of High Court rulings that have ushered in a new era of corporate spending and special-interest influence. So, too, have 650 communities across the country, including Los Angeles, the most populous city in California and the second-most-populous city in the United States.

But a vote by Californians in favor of an amendment that would renew the authority of local, state, and federal officials to regulate campaign fundraising and spending has the potential to send the most powerful signal yet in support of the constitutional remedy.


Anonymous said...

This is like an update on Generalissimo Franco's death. See Rob Hager's entries in Huff Post and counterpunch re: Cromnibus I and II.

Anonymous said...

The amendment scam- now abandoned even by Lessig himself, was a shell game with the attention on the supply side. The demand side regulation is quite simple- legislative ethics rules requiring recusal on any vote related to campaign funds received or expended on one's behalf, now being proposed in Vermont. Treat the addicts, they are a small, finite number already controlled by ethics rules.