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Overturn Citizens United Act - California SB 1272

HB13-1303, a bill which will enact high-risk large-scale alterations in the Colorado election process, was developed behind closed doors by partisan legislators working closely with a quasi-governmental organization called the Colorado County Clerks Association (CCCA). The CCCA uses public funds for private activities, claiming it is not subject to sunshine laws.

"More than one hundred private individuals spoke in opposition to the current bill…none of their concerns have been addressed or questions answered," writes the Colorado Voter Group, a nonpartisan public interest voting rights organization.

"At least six key county clerks representing more than a million electors oppose the bill and have spoken and written against its adoption. The state’s official election agency, the Colorado Department of State, is opposed to the bill.

"These officials have explained that the bill is technically flawed, establishes an infeasible timeline, and establishes a very high probability of an embarrassing failed election.

"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

cognitivedissonance:

Oh hey, you mean like the Palestinians? Y’know, the ones living under the constant threat of missiles in the blockaded Gaza Strip? Those folks?
Riiiiiight, I forgot. It’s election time for Bibi.

Considering all of the billions of dollars of aid that the USA dumps in to Israel, I sometimes wonder why we give Israel a real choice in who they elect to lead them instead of rigging the elections to put in our own puppet like we did in the good old days in under developed countries in the world. It’s more realistic than firing Bibi from his job for being insubordinate.

cognitivedissonance:

Oh hey, you mean like the Palestinians? Y’know, the ones living under the constant threat of missiles in the blockaded Gaza Strip? Those folks?

Riiiiiight, I forgot. It’s election time for Bibi.

Considering all of the billions of dollars of aid that the USA dumps in to Israel, I sometimes wonder why we give Israel a real choice in who they elect to lead them instead of rigging the elections to put in our own puppet like we did in the good old days in under developed countries in the world. It’s more realistic than firing Bibi from his job for being insubordinate.

This is what voter fraud looks like.

This is what voter fraud looks like.

Support Election Day Registration (EDR) -- AB 1436 -- and help increase voter turnout by allowing citizens to register to vote up to and on Election Day.

In the June Primary for California, we had one of the lowest voter turnouts in our state’s history. Only 23 percent of eligible voters turned out. As concerning as such a low turnout is, there is a way to increase voter participation. There is a bill pending in Sacramento that would increase turnout by 5 percent, or by 850,000 more voters! We’re working with a coalition of California organizations to make this bill a reality - can you help push Election Day Registration through?

Currently, Californians can only register until two weeks before an election, but those two weeks are just when many people begin to get excited about the election. It’s when the most ads are run, and the campaigns are doing all they can to reach voters. Why not allow all these potential voters to participate? The bill has already passed through the Assembly, so this year we want to urge the Senate to pass Election Day Registration.

The 5 percent increase in voters from this bill could swing an election for Governor or a critical ballot measure, where the margin of victory is often 1-3 percentage points. We want to give access to as many eligible voters as possible, and involve more people in our political process. Help us do that by supporting Election Day Registration today!

thepeoplesrecord:

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.”
Source

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.”

Source

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