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California Ballot Question Asks Voters to Support Overturning SCOTUS Citizens United Decision

Posted July 23, 2014

MP3 Interview with Michele Sutter, chairperson of Money Out, Voters In and Yes on Prop. 49, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


California voters will get a chance to weigh in on Proposition 49, a referendum question with national consequences this November. The ballot question calls for overturning Supreme Court decisions Citizens United and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed almost unlimited and unaccountable money to flow into political campaigns. The California referendum effort is being spearheaded by the group Money Out, Voters In.

The ballot question asks, "Shall the Congress of the United States propose, and the California Legislature ratify, an amendment or amendments to the United States Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission [(2010) 558 U.S. 310,] and other applicable judicial precedents, to allow the full regulation or limitation of campaign contributions and spending, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of wealth, may express their views to one another, and to make clear that the rights protected by the United States Constitution are the rights of natural persons only?"

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Michele Sutter, who spearheaded the campaign through Money Out, Voters In or MOVI, and is now chairperson of Yes on Prop 49. Here, she explains why her group pursued the ballot question option and how other states and municipalities are also working to overturn these Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance.

MICHELE SUTTER: This is the issue we believe Americans are most passionate about. But as (The Nation magazine's) John Nichols says, "This is the most dynamic yet undercovered movement in America," and we think that's true.

BETWEEN THE LINES: The process of passing an amendment to the Constitution seems so laborious. Do you think there's any other way to get money out of politics?

MICHELE SUTTER: I don't think so. There was talk for a long while that this could be done through legislation, but I think folks have pretty much agreed that that's not workable. There are certain kinds of tweaks one could do around the edges. But this Supreme Court will find for all of those laws – as they did for example in Montana, (which) tried to uphold their 100-year-old ban on corporate spending in elections – the Supreme Court delivered a summary judgment that there can be no doubt that Citizens United applies to Montana. So that's where they're coming from. So we think it's only an amendment that will really do it so it becomes part of our Constitution and part of the fabric of our democracy. I don't think that an amendment – while it perhaps looks like an extreme "lift" from here – really is.

I think part of the issue is that everyone speaks about it as if it's impossible because that allows these kinds of undemocratic postures to remain entrenched and in place. When people do choose to amend the Constitution, it can happen very quickly – as when 18-year-olds were given the vote – if the American people see that something is correct, they will do it. And I think throughout our history you'll notice that amendments seem to come in clusters and we think that's because, for example in the Progressive Era, once you pass an amendment, that burden of impossibility is lifted and folks say, "Ah, that actually wasn't too hard, was it?" Now, let's address this issue. That's the kind of thing we're hoping will happen here, because Americans overwhelmingly believe that our government is corrupted by money and that something needs to be done about it. We hope to provide some hope and a path to spur action.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Where I live, in Connecticut, and in many eastern states, voters cannot pass binding referenda. But in California, you've passed all kinds of binding referendum questions. Why did MOVI – Money Out, Voters In – choose to pursue a non-binding referendum in this case?

MICHELE SUTTER: Well, we're not enacting any sort of California law. What our bill will do – now Proposition 49 – is call upon the Congress to act, so we're not changing anything in California. The way that Californians have historically used their voter advisory mechanism – and we use it very, very sparingly – is when national policy is directly at odds with the California people. So we are commenting on a national situation and letting the U.S. Congress know that we want them to get busy and make this a priority.

BETWEEN THE LINES: So it's different than, for example, California passing a ban on genetically modified organisms...

MICHELE SUTTER: That's right. We can't have an impact directly on national law, right?

BETWEEN THE LINES: So, far, 16 states have passed a call for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

MICHELE SUTTER: Yeah, that's 16 state legislatures. But the movement is much bigger than that. There are actually only eight states in the U.S. that have taken no action on this matter, the overturning of Citizens United call. It is in process in 20 other state legislatures; it's been introduced. And there are a number of states where there have only been municipal actions; for example in Utah, Salt Lake City passed a resolution calling on Congress to get us an amendment on this. This is one of those things were you go, "Wait a minute. This is going on in 42 states and I don't see this anywhere in the media; what is that about?" And we think it's about how handsomely the media profit from all the money that is spent on campaigns.

BETWEEN THE LINES: You said there are two routes to a Constitutional amendment. Can you elaborate.

MICHELE SUTTER: There are two ways to amend the Constitution. One is that it begins in Congress and goes to the states. If that doesn't happen, the states call for a convention, and convene with delegates and representatives and they actually wind up writing the amendment and taking it back to the states and just leaving Congress out of the process. So California has acted both ways – California and Vermont, are the two states so far – and we hope that catches fire as well, because we think this is an issue that does require the kitchen sink and whatever else we can throw at it.

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