6 States Call For Amendment To Overturn Citizens United Ruling

On Thursday, California joined Hawaii, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maryland and New Mexico in calling for an amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The decision paved the way for an unprecedented increase in campaign spending by outside groups by ruling that limits on corporate or union spending on elections violates the First Amendment. According to California Assembly Member Bob Wieckowski (D), who introduced the bill calling for an amendment, the fight for reform is a challenge. “No one is underestimating how difficult it is, and justifiably so, to amend the Constitution,” he said. “But being silent is worse. Failing to speak out, to organize, to hold rallies and to take action would be much worse.”

Alex Brown