LA Times: California voters could finally weigh in on 'Citizens United' in November

Friday, March 4, 2016


California voters will likely weigh in this November on the explosion of money in politics, through an advisory measure that the Legislature now has legal permission to place on the statewide ballot.

A quartet of state senators submitted language Thursday to ask voters, through a nonbinding Nov. 8 ballot measure, whether Congress should work to overturn the 2010 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Citizens United.

That controversial ruling, in favor of a conservative nonprofit group, now allows unlimited spending by corporations and unions in federal candidate campaigns — a timely topic, said the proposal's lead author.

"There is so much concern in the broader electorate about campaign finance reform, about the role of big money in politics," said state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica). "It's what Donald Trump's talking about, it's what Hillary Clinton's talking about, it's what Bernie Sanders is talking about."

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