ASSEMBLY | At the end of the last legislative session, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski successfully passed a resolution calling for Congress to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s contentious Citizens United decision. Now the Fremont legislator wants to put the same matter before voters in 2014.
If passed by the Legislature, the bill (AB 644) offered by Wieckowski Thursday, would place the issue of excessive and unregulated campaign finance dollars unleashed by the 2010 higher court ruling on the 2014 mid-term ballot in November. If approved by voters, it would call on the state’s congressional delegation to introduce and support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution effectively reversing the Supreme Court ruling.
“Now it’s time to let all Californians have their voices heard,” said Wieckowski. “This is an issue people feel passionately about because they know the campaign finance system is skewed against the interests of the working poor and middle class.”
Liberal cities around the nation have sporadically passed grassroots measures in opposition of Citizens United since its ruling. A similar ballot measure will appear on the ballot in next May’s mayoral race in Los Angeles, while the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a resolution last year also calling for Congress to act.
Despite the overwhelming presence of super PAC money attempting to sway last November’s presidential and congressional races, the status quo remained. Democrats were still able to retain the White House and the U.S. Senate, while Republicans held their majority in the House.