Skip to main content

State flag of Oregon
If it's going to take a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, count Oregon in. On Monday, it became the 16th state to call on Congress to pass an amendment overturning that 2010 decision.
The bipartisan measure passed the state House by a 48-11 margin, with 14 Republican votes (the majority of state House Republicans), and the state Senate by a 17-13 margin, with one Republican, Senator Betsy Close (R-Albany), voting in favor. [...]

Oregon joins four other states – Delaware, Maine, West Virginia and Illinois – that have called for a constitutional amendment over just the past two months. All of the resolutions this year have passed with bipartisan support in at least one chamber. This is an issue that affects every American, regardless of political affiliation.

The other states that have called for an amendment to overturn Citizens United are California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado and Montana. The Washington, D.C., Council has called for an amendment as well.

Getting corporate money out of politics is the key to restoring a healthy democracy, to electing public officials who care more about their voting constituents than their donating constituents, and to seeing nine Supreme Court justices who care more about the rule of law than the rule of the dollar. Most of Oregon's congressional delegation—U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader—are cosponsoring resolutions to overturn Citizens United. Are your representatives?

Stand with Daily Kos and CREDO by signing our petition urging your members of Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United decision and ending corporate personhood.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 03:18 PM PDT.

Also republished by Koscadia, PDX Metro, and Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (44+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 03:18:05 PM PDT

  •  Would be amazing if it really happened (4+ / 0-)

    Even the Equal Rights Amendment did not make it.

  •  How many more do we need? 12? (0+ / 0-)
  •  The trouble is... (5+ / 0-)

    Getting this passed in those 30 Red States where all that corporate money keeps the Conservatives in power.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 03:39:27 PM PDT

    •  Yeah (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Chi, Stude Dude

      That'll be the challenge. You just have to keep plugging away. The good news is, in most places where it's passed so far, it has been bipartisan.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

      by Joan McCarter on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 03:47:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Mike Bloomberg (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Stude Dude

        Remind them that he has billions to spend on attack ads against them and watch them fucking shit their pants.  It'll pass faster than gas after chowing down a few chilli dogs.

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 03:54:20 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Can a Congressman do it as... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    wu ming, Eric Nelson

    a discharge petition?  That way, we can pressure individual members of Congress from both parties as to why they're not supporting such a measure if they don't sign the petition.

  •  Cool. When I was knocking on doors in Colorado (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    last fall (over 3,000 of them) I was handing out lit and telling people about the proposition on the ballot - prop 65.  Most amusing, the proposition for legalizing pot was prop 64 and, when initially urged to support prop 65, almost as often as not was an energetic agreement because they thought it was 64!

    "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

    by MRA NY on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 03:54:13 PM PDT

  •  what's up with washington not being on that list? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Ckntfld, DSPS owl

    all the other western blue states are. get with the program, guys!

  •  How many more states needed? 33 technically (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Why do I say that? Because of the two ways to amend the Constituiton.

    The First way is for either Congress or the States to propose an amendment ot the Constitution. In this case, the State "Called for" an amendment, not Proposed one.  No state has proposed one that i've seen reported.

    If it comes from the Congress, then both Houses of Congress must propose the amendment with a two-thirds vote. This is how all current amendments have been offered.

    OR two-thirds of the State legislatures must call on Congress to hold a Constitutional Convention.

    So 33 States could order a Constitutional Convention (which would have the ability to amend more than just Citizens United, it could change or even throw out the whole thing.)

    But since Congress has not proposed an amendment, and the states have not proposed an amendment or demanded a Convention, there is no amendment to get 33 states to support.

    One of the nice things about getting a Convention would be the total overhaul of the Constitution, As Ms. Ruth Bader Ginsburg said about the US Constitution when asked by an interviewer if she thought Egypt should use the Constitutions of other countries as a model, Ginsburg said Egyptians should be “aided by all Constitution-writing that has gone on since the end of World War II.”
    I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a Constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa,” says Ginsburg,

    Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

    by DrillSgtK on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 05:06:37 PM PDT

    •  Untill the conservatives join the 21th century (0+ / 0-)

      A constitutional convention will be dangerous but necessary.  As I see it, they are unlikely to accept any of the reforms that we would desire.  They will oppose guaranteeing the right to vote, the public financing of campaigns and electoral districts drawn by non partisan commissions.  

      I would still be wiling to roll the dice on it... after 2020.

      I'm a 4 Freedoms Democrat.

      by DavidMS on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 07:20:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yeah, the "called for" thing is a cop-out. (0+ / 0-)

      If these 16 states want an amendment, they should agree on language and have their legislatures formally approve it, and then "call for" 17 more states to do the same.

  •  OT from Reuters re Udall's brother's death: (0+ / 0-)

    @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution. * Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 06:48:08 PM PDT

  •  18 more and a constitutional convention can (0+ / 0-)

    be called.

    John Roberts? Melville Fuller?? WTF is the difference???.

    by Walt starr on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 06:48:18 PM PDT

    •  I've been reading (0+ / 0-)

      some literature about the Article Five Convention...

      wouldn't the state legislatures have to call specifically for a convention for the amendment?

      Ronald Reagan attempted to do this with a balanced budget amendment.

  •  Oregon rocks! (0+ / 0-)

    I haven't been to the state in ages but I've always loved it.  Progressive, clean state, beautiful wilderness scenery and has good representatives.

    More power to overturn Citizens United!

  •  Oregon, my Oregon. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Late to the party, but here nonetheless.

    This measure should be in honor of the 1st Oregon Volunteers, who mustered in 1861 to fight in Mr. Lincoln's war against the "slave power", but who ended up in small backwater forts along the Pacific as replacements for the Regular Army sent back to fight with the Army of the Potomac.

    However, one Oregon volunteer did make it to the war; Edward Baker, Col, one of Lincoln's personal friends, led an ill-fated expedition at Ball's Bluff early in the war and was the first General Officer killed in Combat in the war. We have Baker County out east named after him, and are proud of his service, even though as a tactician, he was definitely an amateur. The young Oliver Wendell Holmes served under Baker at that battle, and barely made it out with his life, at dark, on a ramshackle raft across the Potomac. He wrote about the experience in forming his legal theory of Legal Pragmatism.  

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

    by OregonOak on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 07:03:13 PM PDT

  •  It would be wonderful to see that abomination of a (0+ / 0-)

    Decision in the dustbin of history.  To do it via constitutional amendment would be an excellent repudiation of this politicized Supreme Court.  A little humility wouldn't hurt them.

    Never in history has so much money been spent to resist equality; the gross sums of money being spent to take us backwards is lewd, is pornographic is blatant and is arrogant. --Reverend Dr. William Barber, 2012

    by SottoVoce on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 07:08:37 PM PDT

  •  Wooo Hoooo Go Oregon (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Lelt's keep this ball rolling.

  •  Citizens United (0+ / 0-)

    It is difficult to believe that any state agrees with 'Citizens United".

  •  Are all these states... (0+ / 0-)

    ...agreeing to a uniform wording to such an amendment?

    The devil is in the details on this one it would seem. In the process of stopping political spending by GM and Apple, spending by organizations such as Unions and the NRA would also be stopped unless they were carved out somehow.

    At least one of the proposals I've seen was so half-baked that DK (an LLC), the New York Times, and similar would lose their First Amendment rights (among all others).

    Getting agreement on the exact wording vs. the concept may be difficult.


    Up until the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act last month, I thought the high court's favorable ruling on Citizens United was the worst decision ever made by the SCOTUS, at least during my lifetime. Anybody with the sense God gave a goose knows that corporations, associations and labor unions are NOT people, too. Not until a majority of states join Oregon and and the other fifteen states who have voted in favor of calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United can we rid ourselves of this heinous decision by the SCOTUS.

    The 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling by the high court left the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 dead in the water. The BCRA, although far from perfect, at least tried to rein in the growing amount of filthy lucre being poured into politicians' campaign war chests. Instead, Citizens United has opened up the floodgates for political contributions, much of it "funny money" donated by secretive, even suspicious, entities. It was already difficult enough for the FEC to monitor campaign finances to ensure that theirregulations were being followed, thus keeping both politicians and their donors in check by enforcing campaign finance laws. Since 2010, our country's political arena, already rife with financial skulduggery, has become increasingly polluted and corrupted, courtesy of the ridiculously ginormous sum of donations pouring into campaign coffers from political contributions, thanks to the  ramifications of Citizens United.

    We've entered the age of billion-dollar political campaigns, at least at the federal levels. Large donations from big corporations and the 1%, along with the quid pro quo ensuing from them, have made it almost impossible for We The People's voices to be heard, much less expect Congress to work in the "little people's" best interests. One person, one vote has gone down the proverbial crapper. Our politicians are for sale to the highest bidder, and their votes are now being influenced by big bucks. Altruism and honesty, already in short supply among members of Congress, have become extinct. Until a constitutional amendment to overturn this decision is demanded by the states, Citizens United will remain the law of the land, sounding the death knell for fairness in the political process and risking permanent damages for our democracy. Citizens United could be the poster child for the old adage, "Money talks, and bullshit walks."

    Of course, I've got to hand it to the conservatives for being so outright blatant in their quest to fix  election process in their favor. Through the SCOTUS ruling on Citizens United, the gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the gerrymandering of Congressional districts, and other such stunts intended to rig the outcome of elections, the Republican Party's efforts will eventually be successful, probably sooner rather than later. Although I find it abhorrent and detrimental to the future of our political process, I must compliment the conservatives' on their sticktoitivness in trying to turn America into a land of right-wing nut jobs from sea to shining sea. Gee thanks, U.S. Supreme Court and Citizens United...for NOTHING.


Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site