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Road Trip Touts Overturn Citizens United Act

IMAGE: The Money Out/Voters In Coalition is a sponsor of California Senate Bill 1272, which seeks to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling that found restricting political spending by corporations violated free speech. Image courtesy: MOVI
IMAGE: The Money Out/Voters In Coalition is a sponsor of California Senate Bill 1272, which seeks to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling that found restricting political spending by corporations violated free speech. Image courtesy: MOVI
April 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Political watchdog groups are heading out on the road to rally for a state initiative that supports limits on political spending by corporations.

The Overturn Citizens United Act (SB 1272) would ask California voters to instruct Congress to pass an amendment to counter the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found restricting political spending by corporations violated free speech.

Michele Sutter with the Money Out/Voters In Coalition says Californians need to tell Congress money is not speech.

"If you drill into that phrase ‘money talks,’ essentially what they're saying is, 'If you've got the money, you can get what you want,'” she says. “And we don't think that's democracy."

To help garner support for the California initiative, the 28th Amendment National Roadshow is at UC-Berkeley today and UCLA on Saturday.

Sutter says voters in other states have overwhelmingly passed similar initiatives by around 75 percent.

She adds putting the Overturn Citizens United Act on the November ballot will allow Californians to have a say in the broader picture.

"We want California voters to get the opportunity to voice their outrage over these perverse decisions directly at the ballot box,” she says. “Our feeling is that when California has a conversation, the nation has a conversation."

When the Overturn Citizens United Act passed out of a Senate committee this week, all four senators who voted for the bill then signed on as co-authors.

"So we are extremely encouraged that the California Legislature seems to understand how important this is to the voters of California,” Sutter says.


Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA