Overturn Citizens United Corporate Constitutional Amendment Rights And Declare That Money Is Not Speech And Corporations Are Not Persons

 

Resolution 13-04.40

 

WHEREAS, the California Democratic Party passed a resolution calling on Congress to use all its means to reform federal campaign laws to establish reasonable spending limits and reporting requirements for all contributors, and to initiate a constitutional amendment process which would result in placing appropriate limits on corporate influence over election outcomes; and

WHEREAS, the legislatures of California and 10 other states have gone on record supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, and voters in San Francisco and Richmond have passed ballot measures explicitly instructing Congress to initiate such an amendment as have voters in Montana, Colorado, and 170 municipalities across the country; with Los Angeles to vote on similar instructions on May 21 of this year; and,

WHEREAS, despite heroic efforts by Senate and Congressional Democrats to enact effective controls over campaign spending, Republican lawmakers continue to thwart these efforts, and the Supreme Court radically rejected well-settled law in its Citizens United v. FEC case, opening the floodgates to a massive spending spree by corporations and other non-natural persons;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party calls upon the Congress to send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United vs. FEC corporate constitutional rights, clarifying that corporations are not persons and constitutional rights are for natural persons only,  ending the doctrine that money is speech and leveling the playing field through limits on the ability of corporations and other wealthy interests to influence the outcome of elections through political campaign contributions and expenditures; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution be transmitted to all members of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation.

 

Supported by the Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley, Wendy Block Sheila Mickelson, Jodie Cooper, Russell Greene, Leah K. Herzberg, Carole Lutness, Melissa Grant, Cara Robin

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013

 

 

 

 

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