Citizens United Ballot Measure Approved By California Supreme Court

| by Sean Kelly
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On Jan. 4, the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of a ballot measure that would allow voters to weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United ruling.

The 6-1 decision ruled that “long-standing historical practice among the states demonstrates a common understanding that legislatures may formally consult with and seek nonbinding input from their constituents on matters relevant to the federal constitutional amendment process, according to The Nation.

The advisory measure on the ballot would essentially allow California voters to request that Congress overturn the Citizens United ruling via an amendment. This amendment would give local, state, and federal officials the power to regulate campaign fundraising and spending.

A vote from California in favor of the amendment could impact that momentum greatly.

“Californians will now have a chance to remind members of Congress who they work for by instructing them to get big money out of politics and to start listening to ordinary voters,” campaign finance reform activist and author Derek Cressman told The Nation.

Sources: The Nation, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons (2)