On a happily related note the DCCC has started a petition for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United. They’re looking for 1.5 million signatures. If you want to add your name to the list (and don’t mind giving your e-mail tot the democratic congressional campaign committee) you can do so here.
The California State Senate just passed resolution AJR1, introduced into the State Assembly by Representative Mike Gatto, nearly 2 years ago. AJR1 calls for a Constitutional convention for the sole purpose of establishing that corporations are not natural persons and money is not speech and therefore can be limited through legislation.
California joins Vermont in passing a resolution calling for a Convention. We need 34 states to pass resolutions to convene a Constitutional convention and draft an amendment.
The resolution got an ovation after it passed, not from onlookers in the gallery, but from the senators themselves on the floor. They just struck their own blow to free themselves from incessant fund-raising an influence peddling.
As I said last night, we’re in the early stages of what will likely be an ugly, protracted political dog fight against some of the richest, most powerful people in the world. Typically those kinds of fights don’t go well for the little guys. But with an issue in which 96% of the population is in agreement and with grassroots activism driven almost entirely by citizen-fundedvolunteer organizations, things can have a way of snowballing.
We’re coming to take back our democracy. We believe it’s possible, and we’re ready for a fight.
BTW, Tom Berryhill, the state senator for my district, who has been fined for laundering campaign funds and, in my experience, all but refuses to meet with constituents, voted no. He will NOT be getting my vote going forward and wouldn’t even if I agreed with him on every other issue.