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Amend the Constitution to Stop Corporate Dominance in Elections - Restore Government By the PEOPLE - People For the American Way
How’s this for a sneaky way for a big money special interest  group to influence an election?
Citizens United, the organization at the center of the infamous  2010 Supreme Court decision, has produced a 30-minute “documentary” on Virginia  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe which it’s licensed to air  on three broadcast stations in Virginia starting this month.  
The film is nothing more than smear propaganda, tantamount  to a half-hour campaign ad for the Republican in the race, ultra-right-wing Ken  Cuccinelli … and one more example of the dangerous proliferation of unlimited  outside spending to influence elections.
Worst of all, even if they wanted to, Virginia lawmakers are  powerless to restrict this kind of disguised, sneaky political ad campaign  because of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens  United v. FEC — a decision that bears the very name of the right-wing  front group in question here.
For this reason and  many more, we MUST amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United and the other court decisions that have removed all  restraints from special interest spending to influence elections.
Help us get the money out and restore government by the People.  

Amend the Constitution to Stop Corporate Dominance in Elections - Restore Government By the PEOPLE - People For the American Way

How’s this for a sneaky way for a big money special interest group to influence an election?

Citizens United, the organization at the center of the infamous 2010 Supreme Court decision, has produced a 30-minute “documentary” on Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe which it’s licensed to air on three broadcast stations in Virginia starting this month.  

The film is nothing more than smear propaganda, tantamount to a half-hour campaign ad for the Republican in the race, ultra-right-wing Ken Cuccinelli … and one more example of the dangerous proliferation of unlimited outside spending to influence elections.

Worst of all, even if they wanted to, Virginia lawmakers are powerless to restrict this kind of disguised, sneaky political ad campaign because of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC — a decision that bears the very name of the right-wing front group in question here.

For this reason and many more, we MUST amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United and the other court decisions that have removed all restraints from special interest spending to influence elections.

Help us get the money out and restore government by the People.  


"The Koch brothers’ bid to buy elections in America speaks to the obvious need for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and subsequent rulings," Sanders said. "In the short term, Congress must pass legislation to require disclosure of the corporations and wealthy individuals behind the ads by outside groups," he added.
"When one wealthy family spends more money than was raised altogether by the last Republican presidential candidate, it tells us that we are no longer a country of the people, by the people and for the people. We are becoming a country of the rich, by the rich and for the rich," he added. 

 — Senator Bernie Sanders

"The Koch brothers’ bid to buy elections in America speaks to the obvious need for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and subsequent rulings," Sanders said. "In the short term, Congress must pass legislation to require disclosure of the corporations and wealthy individuals behind the ads by outside groups," he added.

"When one wealthy family spends more money than was raised altogether by the last Republican presidential candidate, it tells us that we are no longer a country of the people, by the people and for the people. We are becoming a country of the rich, by the rich and for the rich," he added. 

Senator Bernie Sanders

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California votes to overturn Citizens United briberyJuly 6, 2012
California became the sixth state to take a stand against Citizens United, which has given corporations and individuals unlimited power to spend on federal and state of elections. The California Senate voted yesterday 24-11 to pass the resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to pass an amendment overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling.
California’s Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 22 puts California in the company of Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maryland as states working to put an end to what amounts to legalized political bribery.
A coalition of groups including Public Citizen, Common Cause, California PIRG, CREDO Mobile, California Church IMPACT, Free Speech for People, California Labor Federation, California League of Conservation Voters, and many other organizations advanced the resolution and kept pressure on the legislature to pass AJR 22. The coalition worked with California Assembly members Bob Wieckowski and Michael Allen in introducing the resolution.
“Today’s vote sends a clear message that California rejects this misguided ruling made by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court,” Wieckowski said. “The Legislature’s action and the 50,000 Californians who quickly signed petitions in support of AJR 22, show that it is time to restore sanity to our campaign finance laws. If Congress doesn’t act, our electoral process will be more dominated by wealthy interests and their concerns will drown out the voice of common Americans. This resolution is designed to send a grassroots message to Washington about the urgent need to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling and restore fair elections to the people.”
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Adding to his checkered record, my state senator, Juan Vargas, supported this bill.

thepeoplesrecord:

California votes to overturn Citizens United bribery
July 6, 2012

California became the sixth state to take a stand against Citizens United, which has given corporations and individuals unlimited power to spend on federal and state of elections. The California Senate voted yesterday 24-11 to pass the resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to pass an amendment overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling.

California’s Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 22 puts California in the company of Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maryland as states working to put an end to what amounts to legalized political bribery.

A coalition of groups including Public Citizen, Common Cause, California PIRG, CREDO Mobile, California Church IMPACT, Free Speech for People, California Labor Federation, California League of Conservation Voters, and many other organizations advanced the resolution and kept pressure on the legislature to pass AJR 22. The coalition worked with California Assembly members Bob Wieckowski and Michael Allen in introducing the resolution.

“Today’s vote sends a clear message that California rejects this misguided ruling made by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court,” Wieckowski said. “The Legislature’s action and the 50,000 Californians who quickly signed petitions in support of AJR 22, show that it is time to restore sanity to our campaign finance laws. If Congress doesn’t act, our electoral process will be more dominated by wealthy interests and their concerns will drown out the voice of common Americans. This resolution is designed to send a grassroots message to Washington about the urgent need to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling and restore fair elections to the people.”

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Adding to his checkered record, my state senator, Juan Vargas, supported this bill.