New York Goes on Record Against Citizens United!
Washington can no longer be the 17th state to stand up against Big Money, because New York beat us to it.
On June 15, the Republican-controlled state Senate and the Democrat-controlled state House both agreed to legislation that strengthens rules prohibiting independent groups from working with campaigns to elect specific candidates and requires greater disclosure of spending by independent groups.
"Citizens United actually decimates the right to free speech by allowing it to be eclipsed by paid speech," Cuomo said when announcing the legislation. "Citizens United birthed an industry of shadow political corporations. Spending by outside groups, those who operate independently of political candidates, has exploded."
New Mexico Senator Udall and others introduce legislation to US Congress!
“Americans know money in politics is out of hand. They want a government that works for all people, not just powerful billionaires. With our 'We the People' reform legislation, we're taking action to fix our broken system, starting by increasing transparency and reining in special interests and big donations,” Udall said.
And California will have a ballot initiative like I-735!
After many years of struggle, Gov. Jerry Brown on June 8 allowed the measure to appear on November's ballot. Two years ago, Brown played a part in the removal of the measure from the 2014 ballot. (He only allowed this one through for fear of voter reprisal.) It's been a hard road for California, with proponents of the ballot measure fighting all the way to the California Supreme Court.
Initiative 735 is a grassroots movement to make Washington State the 17th 18th state in the country to ask Congress to overturn Citizens United.
in 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v FEC that corporations and unions could spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates. It has led to obscene amounts of money being poured into elections. It's part of the reason why the amount spent on elections by campaigns and outside groups grew 555% from 1984 to 2014.
People who can't afford exorbitant donations are being pushed out.
We at I-735 say we need to Get Big Money Out of Elections.
Our initiative says the money going into elections needs to be regulated, and public - no more secret donations by big donors!
We say Citizens United should be overturned!
We say a corporation is not a person under the law - only a person should have the rights of a person!
We are on the ballot this November.
Supporters of I-735 collected 330,000 signatures from registered voters to get it on the ballot. Unlike many other initiatives which rely on paid signature-gathering organizations, 88% of our signatures were gathered by I-735 volunteers.
Congress won't overturn Citizens United on its own. Politicians have too much to gain from keeping the system corrupt. But when there's a mandate from the voters, we can hold them accountable.
Help us send Congress a message that Citizens United must go!