In Support of Abolishing the Doctrines of “Corporate Constitutional Rights” and “Money Equals Political Speech”

RESOLUTION 17-05.54


In Support of Abolishing the Doctrines of “Corporate Constitutional Rights” and “Money Equals Political Speech”

WHEREAS the California Democratic Party has committed to working to overturn, by Constitutional Amendment if necessary, the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission that allows corporations to give unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns, and to clarify that corporations are not persons and constitutional rights are for natural persons only, and to end the doctrine that money is speech; and

WHEREAS in the November 2016 election, the majority of California voters have instructed California’s elected officials to use all their constitutional authority, including, but not limited to, proposing and ratifying one or more amendments to the United States Constitution to make clear that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as human beings and to allow the full regulation or limitation of campaign contributions and spending, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of wealth, may express their views to one another; and

WHEREAS corporations are not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, and The People have never granted constitutional rights to corporations, nor have We decreed that corporations have authority that exceeds the authority of We The People of the United States, and;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party encourages candidates to support an amendment that addresses both of these doctrines, and we hereby call on our delegates to join the hundreds of thousands of citizens, grassroots organizations and local governments across the country in the Move to Amend campaign to support an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution making clear that (1) corporations do not possess the inherent and inalienable rights of People; and (2) that the raising and spending of money in elections can be regulated; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party calls on other organizations, communities, and jurisdictions to join with us in this action by passing similar resolutions, and that a copy of this resolution will be sent to the California Congressional delegation, state elected officials, the Governor and all constitutional officers.

Author: Daniel Lee, AD54

Sponsors: Daniel Lee, AD54; Michele Sutter, AD62; Cliford Tasner, AD46; Katrina Bergstrom, AD43; Peter Leinau, AD5; Ernesto Gomez, AD42; Wendy Ruiz, AD59; Elizabeth Castillo, AD63; Samuel Sukaton, AD53; Fernando Morales, AD54; Zachary Denney, AD13; Susana Williams, AD11; Audrey Wong, AD66; Brian Carolus, AD66; Marggie Castellano, AD76; Jon Schnitzer, AD72; Tania Singh, AD61; Michael Hsu, AD55; Brandon Harami, AD19; Travis Traber, AD67; Zenaida Huerta AD57; Natalie Higley, AD4; Shane Brinton, AD7; Melissa Michelson AD49; Cullen Tiernan, AD20; Jeanine Rohn, AD51; Nicolas Seider, AD68; Yolanda Nogueira, AD51; Mission Eraña Hernandez, AD51; Gilbert Feliciano, AD46; Jane Demian, AD51; Noah Neumark, Longer Delegate, AD7; Eden McFadden, AD51; Fabrizio Sasso, AD7; Juan Carlos Cruz, AD51; Marcia Martín, AD63; Amy Champ, AD5; Nancy S. Kim, AD53; Norma Alcala, AD7; Amy Erb, AD19; Nicole Lutkemuller, AD1; Khin Khin Gyi, AD54; Kenny Jowers, AD2; Johannes Muenzel, AD24; Ron Birnbaum, AD51; Host Haggag, AD25; Ernesto Gomez, AD42 Carrie Scoville, AD70; Bobby Shearer, AD2; Valerie Muchowski, AD2; Allison Groves, AD35; Margie Hoyt, AD66; Seth Grossman, AD68; Farrah N. Kahn, Vice Chair Democratic Party of Orange County; Shirley Toy, AD7; Ricky-Ric Barreto, AD8; Kendra Lewis, AD8; Del Surette, AD8; Gina Barkalow Kay, AD9; Rick Guerrero, AD9; Amar Shergill, AD9; Tracie Stafford, AD9; Monica Senter, AD1; Wendy Suiz, AD59


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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2017 Statewide Convention
Sacramento Convention Center

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