This is a start. The California Clean Money Campaign reports that
SB 1272, the Overturn Citizens United Act, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a vote of 5-2 on Friday! All five Democrats voted "Yes". Republican Senators Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) and Ted Gaines (R-Redding) voted "No".
SB 1272 will let Californians have a chance to vote this November to demand a Constitutional amendment that overturns the Supreme Court's outrageous Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions — and that says once and for all that corporations aren't people and money isn't speech.
Special thanks to the leadership of Senate Appropriations Chair Kevin de León and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg for making sure it got through the committee.
This is to get the proposed 28th Amendment on the November 2014 Ballot. Here's the language:
Shall the Congress of the United States propose, and the California Legislature ratify, an amendment or amendments to the United States Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) 558 U.S. 310, and other applicable judicial precedents, 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 to make clear that the rights protected by the United States Constitution are the rights of natural persons only?”Vermont has already ratified this, and it would give the amendment a MASSIVE advantage if the most populous state in the union followed suit.
I'm sure you know how Citizens United and McCutcheon tilt the playing field in favor of the 1%, and I'm also sure that at least John Adams would be turning in his grave if he thought this was what the Constitution was supposed to have done. If you live in California, sign the petition, and it will be forwarded to your state senator. If not, sign one anyway, so our state senate can see that this is bigger than just California.
Let's repeal Citizens United and McCutcheon!