Your signature on this petition will urge San Diego City Council to pass a resolution telling Congress that we should not be controlled by big money.
We are seeking a constitutional amendment reversing the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and clearly establishing that:
• Corporations are not people;
• Money is not speech; and
• The people have the power to regulate all election finances.
This effort is part of a nationwide network of campaigns working to pass 100 local resolutions in June. We are hoping you will join in this national effort by signing our petition.
There are already dozens of cities – Los Angeles, New York City and 65 in Vermont alone – and four states – New Mexico, Hawaii, Vermont and Rhode Island – that have passed resolutions. The California state assembly has just passed resolution AJR22, a measure that supports the reversal of Citizens United, which is now in the state senate and is expected to pass.
Below are some commonly asked questions:
• What is Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission?
In 2010 the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting political expenditures by corporations and unions because that would violate the First Amendment’s protection of free speech. This opened a floodgate of unlimited, undisclosed money pouring into political campaigns.
• What does this mean in practical terms?
Democracy is being auctioned off to the highest bidder, and big money is calling the shots at our expense. Elected officials then become beholden to those who pour millions into their campaigns, not to their constituents who voted them in.
As a result, individuals and even political parties lose control of the political process because the Super PACs, which can raise an unlimited amount of money, are completely independent and secret. By law they are not allowed to coordinate with political parties and could therefore make political parties irrelevant and obsolete.
• What does this mean locally and to you personally?
The same process can take over local politics, including the San Diego City Council. The question is: Do you want to be in control or to be controlled.
Thank you in advance for helping to restore the integrity of our elections and country.
For more information or to volunteer, email MOPsandiego@gmail.com. Website coming soon.