Monday, January 4, 2016

Citizen's United – First Step Out?

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association was previously successful at keeping a ballot measure concerning Citizens United out of California saying that it would "clutter the ballot" and "could be used to shape voter turnout."

But today, the California Supreme Court cleared the way for the Legislature to place an advisory measure on the November ballot asking voters to express their views on campaign spending. The proposition asks voters whether there should be a federal constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC, which permitted unlimited corporate and union spending for federal candidates.

The conservatives know that high voter turnout favors people who want to break down hierarchies, not people like themselves who want to conserve hierarchies. Voter turnout could impact not only this advisory, but Presidential and Congressional races of course.