The momentum for a Constitutional Amendment is exploding! The following states, cities, counties and organizations have passed resolutions calling on Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment to overturn both Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and the pernicious effects of big money influencing our political campaigns:
Seven State Legislatures have already passed resolutions, including Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maryland, California and Massachusetts – many more are pending,
300 Cities and towns have passed resolutions, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle – more are pending,
Snohomish, Jefferson and Island Counties in Washington State have passed resolutions,
The U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a strong resolution. Many other groups have passed similar resolutions.
The resolutions are not all the same, but all of them indicate that there is huge public support for taking action against the influence of big money in our state and federal elections.
Congress is listening. Senator Durbin, Chair of the Senate Judiciary’s Sub-Committee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held a hearing on January 24, 2012: “Taking Back Our Democracy: Responding to the Citizens United Decision and the Rise of Super PACS.”
Nearly two million people signed petitions for a Constitutional Amendment which were delivered to the Committee at the hearing.
The hearing established that half of all “independent expenditures” are coming from 22 people!
Thirteen Constitutional Amendments have been submitted in the House or Senate.
Washington Public Campaigns submitted a letter to be part of the record, receipt of which was announced at the proceedings.
The President is listening. President Obama has voiced support for a Constitutional Amendment.
The states are acting: 23 State Attorney Generals (including Washington’s A.G.) supported Montana in its effort to uphold Montana state law outlawing corporations from participating in elections. The Supreme Court rejected this effort, but the briefs provided stunning evidence of the evils of the Copper Barons’ control of the Montana State government in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
Washington Public Campaigns is working with many other organizations to add Washington to the list of states that have passed resolutions. One third of current Washington State Senators and Representatives have signed a letter pledging support for a resolution, 54/147 Senators and Representatives. (49 Legislative Districts each elect one Senator and two Representatives.)