LA Times: The Story of CA’s Prop 59 Ballot to Overturn Citizens United

Jeffrey Clements Posted by Jeffrey Clements.

Jeffrey Clements is a cofounder and general counsel of Free Speech for People, a national, nonpartisan campaign to oppose corporate personhood and pass the People’s Rights Amendment.


Today, The Los Angeles Times, tells the story of how California’s Proposition 59, The Overturn Citizens United measure, came to be and how it landed on this November’s ballot.

Today, The Los Angeles Times, tells the story of how California’s Proposition 59, The Overturn Citizens United measure, came to be and how it landed on this November’s ballot. The story begins,

“Wen she sat down at a Starbucks in Torrance a few years ago, Michele Sutter was desperately looking for a California legislator to sponsor a bill regarded by many as a nonstarter — a proposition instructing the state’s congressional delegation to change the U.S. Constitution.

Voters had just passed a similar measure in Los Angeles with 76% of the vote, and Sutter and others at her nonprofit — Money Out, Voters In — wanted to give the entire state a say on whether the 55 Californians they send to Congress should fight to overturn the controversial 2010 Citizens United decision that has allowed money to flood American elections.”

Months later, Michele found the legislative and grassroots support to turn her idea into a bill. What followed after was more than a year of legal battles, grassroots organizing, and signature gathering to restore Proposition 59 (formerly Proposition 49) to the ballot.

It hasn’t been easy. The bill has made it through the California Legislature twice, been debated before the California Supreme Court, and then Gov. Jerry Brown begrudgingly allowed it to become law. Starting in a few weeks, Californians will get a say when they cast a vote on Proposition 59.

To read the full story, including quotes from the bill’s co-sponsors–Rep. Ted Lieu and Sen. Ben Allen–click here.

For more information on the YES on CA Prop 59 campaign, visit: www.yesonca59.com

 

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